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VOL. 40 January, 1993 No. 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2:it 


God bless thy year: 
Thy coming in, 
Thy going out, 
Thy rest, 
Thy travelling about; 
The rough, 
The smooth, 
The bright, 
The drear; 
God Bless thy year. 

From the collection 
of Bertie Baker 

THE PILGRIM is a religious maoazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd. f Tuolumne, CA 95379 


How many days in a week? How many minutes in an 
hour? How many hours in a day? The math drill for 
the third graders continued. Students need to 
learn and remember facts like these. Besides 
knowing the facts, we all need to learn how to use 
what we know. In this case it is important to know 
how to use the seconds and minutes and hours, how 
to meet appointments, and how to avoid wasting 
precious time. 

Another year has come, and we pause to think on 
the seriousness and shortness of our time. 365 
days make up a normal year. Each of these days 
presents many opportunities for right or wrong 
choices. Psalm 90:12 says, "So teach us to number 
our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." 

First we see that we must learn this, and we 
pray that God will teach us. To number our days is 
not something we naturally know how to do. To 
number here in the Hebrew means "to weigh out." It 
is not simply to count them but to carefully allot 
or distribute them. It implies planning and study 
to use them well. Many times, because of our 
weaknesses and limitations, we must "wait and see." 
We cannot plan. But the Christian life should not 
be all reaction. Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of 
the earth... Ye are the light of the world..." If 
this is so, we have a mission; our minutes and 
hours are important opportunities to shine, to 
flavor, to preserve. 

Have you brethren ever been in a crowd of men 
where some less-than-edifying stories were told and 
had the story teller apologize that you heard it? 
This means you represent something to people. May 
it be that we represent Jesus Christ. 


The New Year before us can be compared to a 
path. As the hours and days pass, we are walking 
this path. It has many other people on it. We 
interact with them — either helping or hindering. 
Jesus' parable about the Good Samaritan gives an 
example of this. It is assumed that we will not be 
the thieves. But will we be the priest, the 
Levite, or the Samaritan who helped the needy 

This path is marked by smooth places where all 
seems to go well. The living is easy; we are 
carefree and healthy. These times are not always 

the safest times. When we have so much, we 
sometimes take it for granted and forget to be 

Then there are the rough places where the path 
seems to be uphill. We call for help. God is 
faithful to hear us and bring us through. In fact, 
He tells us, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee." One of our greatest dangers in the hard 
times could be self-pity. 

Some days the sun will shine; some days there 
will be clouds and rain. We need both. Even on 
the cloudy days, the sun is shining up above. If 
the sun really stopped shining, we are told that 
very shortly all would be still, dark, and cold and 
life would cease. 

A beautiful picture is given in Malachi 4 
describing the work of Jesus as the "Sun of 
righteousness" bobh for blessing and healing and 
for destruction of evil: "But unto you that fear 
my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with 
healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth as 
calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the 
wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of 
your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith 
the Lord of Hosts." 

The sun marks out the days. It rises and sets, 
or at least seems to, as the earth rotates. The 
sun gives warmth, light, and the ability for plants 


to produce the food for all creatures of the earth. 
Small wonder that people worshipped the sun when 
they did not know God. The Sun of righteousness 
does all these things for the spiritual life of His 
people. He lights the path, gives heat and food. 
The question then comes to each one: Has He arisen 
in your heart? Will He be your guide for the 
minutes and hours of 1993? 


Walking the road each day, 
Pilling our minutes and hours, 

Pleasures we meet, 

Fellowship sweet; 
What joys and sorrows are ours. 

Seeking to know the truth, 
Thinking good thoughts and pure; 

Lifting the loads, 

Smoothing the roads; 
These acts will soothe and cure. 

Savior confirm our trust; 
Lead us each step this year; 

Keep us from sin, 

Holy within, 
Giving a witness clear. 

Finally reaching home, 
Knowing His hand was strong; 

May we be blest 

With peace and rest, 
Singing the victory song. 

-- L.C. 



Communicating the Gospel and the teachings of 
God's Word is one of a Christian's main 
responsibilities. To be effective Christians, we 
need to be able to communicate well. 

Actually, our greatest challenge may be in 
communicating with our own brethren and sisters, 
and even with our own family. This gets into the 
daily grind of life, and seems to be a more 
troublesome area than communicating the Gospel to 
those who are "of the world." But can we 
effectively communicate the Gospel to those "of the 
world" if we cannot communicate effectively among 

In order to communicate with someone, it is 
helpful to speak and understand the same language. 
Yet that is not the most important part of commun- 
ication. We still have so many misunderstandings, 
even when we know and use the same language* 

In order to really understand what someone is 
trying to tell us^ we need (many times) to "read 
between the lines." We need to "have eyes in the 
back of our heart." In other words, we need to be 
able to put ourselves in their situation, walk a 
mile in their shoes. How can we do this? 

Have we learned how to really listen when 
someone is trying to tell us something? To 
communicate effectively, we must not be preoccupied 
with our own thoughts. We need to consider the 
facial expression, gesture, tone of voice, 
inflections, and even the posture of the person who 
is talking. These things may be more important 
than the words they are saying. We try to cover up 
our true feelings at times. After all, are we not 
supposed to be joyful and "on top of things"? 
The smiling face that we may see 

Oft goes alone to weep. 
Think not the countenance reveals 
The feelings hidden deep. 


The smiling face hides pain and grief 

To lighten others' care. 
Pray oft for those with a smiling face, 

They need your earnest prayer. 
— Selected 

Lest we become too discouraged about the seeming 

impossibility of good communication, I hasten to 
add that help is available. We have an Interpreter 
who is on call 24 hours a day, to help us 
understand others and to help us be understood. 

Words djo have power. We need to learn to build 
others up instead of tearing people down (Romans 
12:14-16). We need to speak gentle words (Prov- 
15:1), appropriate words (Prov 25:11), restrained 
or £ uar( 3ed words (Prov. 17:28), and healing words 
(Prov. 15:4). 

Even if we would become communication "experts," 
we will still have misunderstandings at times. We 
will not have perfect communication until we reach 
that "happy land." 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of 
my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, Lord, my 
strength, and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:4) 

A little said, and truly said, 

Can deeper joy impart, 
Than many words that reach the head 

And never reach the heart. 
— Selected 

--"In all things charity." 

Martha Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 


COVER — A daughter, Sarah Jo Ellen, born December 
27, to Ben and Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 




II Timothy 3:1: "This know also that in the 
last days perilous times shall come." Apostle Paul 
then gives a long list of sins that will become 
prevalent in the last days. So we understand all 
these excuses will increase until the falling away 
from truth becomes so great, God will call the 
world into judgement. 


Galatians 4:6: "And because ye are sons, God 
hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your 
hearts, crying, Abba, Father." So we see we have 
been adopted into the family of God and His Son 
when we accept the Spirit into our hearts. Jesus 
told the disciples to address God as our Father 
which art in heaven. 


Matthew 4:8,9: "Again, the devil taketh him up 
into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him 
all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of 
them; And saith unto him, All these things will I 
give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." 
But Jesus stood firm, and rebuked Satan. Satan 
still dwells in the hearts of unbelievers today and 
causes them to want to throw off the laws that 
forbid sin. God gave Sodom and Gomorrah as an' 
example of the fate of unbelievers. James 4:11: 
"Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that 
speaketh evil of his brother, and judge th his 
brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judge th the 



In the 19th chapter of I Kings, God demonstrated 
to Elijah, how He communicates with man by wind, 
earthquakes, fire, but He speaks with "a still 
small voice." God may use His great power to wake 
people up, but He still speaks with love and 
compassion to those that listen. 

— Ernest Wagner 


A time is coming, 

So scientists say, 
The globe will grow warmer 

Than it is today. 

The oceans will rise 

And the mountains will fall; 
The temperature change 

Will bring change to us all. 

Our great San Joaquin Valley 
Will be San Joaquin Bay; 

San Francisco will simply 
Be washed away. 

"It's the greenhouse effect," 
The scientists state, 

"That's warming our world 
And sealing our fate." 

But they do not know, 
In a Book, on a page, 

Global warming's predicted 
At the end of the age. 


The trumpet will sound 

And Christ will descend, 
And real global warming 

Will start to set in. 

Then terror will strike 
Those who do not believe, 

Who in their complacency 
Did not receive 

The salvation of God 

Through Jesus our Lord, 
And who in their pride 

His Gospel ignored. 

But the righteous will rise 
To shine forth as the sun; 

God's church completed; 
His work on earth done. 

And when the earth burns 
And melts with great heat, 

God's global warming 
Will then be complete. 

— Eddie Wagner 

Davis, California 

Make it a point to say an encouraging word to a 
young Christian this week. We can all use the 
encouragement to be faithful or a lift in some 
special struggle, if someone is discerning enough 
to notice. Older Christians may tend to forget the 
doubts, fears, and struggles that were a part of 
our early years of serving the Lord. Or we may 
never have been inclined to the discouragements of 
others. Whatever the case, remember that someone 
needs a lift; possibly the Lord is looking to you 
to provide it. Do not be ashamed. It will be the 
means of drawing you to a closer relationship with 
that individual. 

--from The Timely Truth Jan., 1991 



LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 35: Can and dare your teachers and 
elders bring the testimonies of their consciences 
before God that the Holy Spirit established them as 
shepherds in their churches to look after their 
flock as churches of God? Do they possess and can 
they demonstrate the spiritual gifts required and 
necessary for this, as given in II Corinthians 6, 

ANSWER: Of course, they must be able to bring 
it before God; otherwise they would not be true 
shepherds. They should not be worried or grieved 
if men do not believe this, but rather rejoice, if 
their names are cast out as evil by the people. 
(Luke 6:22) 

QUESTION 36: Must they not admit before God in 
their souls that many among them were much more 
loving, meek, humble, and so forth before their 
baptism than afterwards? 

ANSWER: Our answer to this is "No," unless it 
would be for those who were cut off as withered 
branches, or unless this meant the simulated love 
which is feigned for the sake of bread or honor, 
and which does not punish sins and errors. This 
kind of love says: "Leave me alone in my own will, 
opinion, and actions, and I will leave you alone in 
yours; we will love each other and be brethren." 
If this is meant, then we confess that it is true. 
Unfortunately, we stayed long enough in this 
pernicious hypocritical love, while we were still 
among the Pietists. Now we have learned, and must 
continue to learn, that kind of love which hates 
and punishes wickedness and evil. 

QUESTION 37: Is it not true that you began your 


new baptism with much uncertainty and wavering and 
have continued in this way up to now? Has this not 
also been shown in other things, as, for example, 
you once rejected the married state, and then soon 
permitted it again—once did away with work, then 
introduced it again? 

ANSWER: We have begun the baptism of the Lord 
Jesus in accordance with His command in great 
assurance of faith. The dear God has sustained and 
confirmed us in this to this day by His grace 
amidst great opposition* We indeed can say with 
great certainty that those who believe should be 
baptized. But it is true that we had to continue 
discussions on marriage, work, yes, and still other 
matters, after the baptism. Before our baptism, 
when we were still among the Pietists, we were not 
taught otherwise by those who were deemed great 
saints. Therefore, we had much contention until we 
abandoned the errors which we had absorbed. 

QUESTION 38: On which point, then, can the 
undoubted divini ty of your new church be recognized 
before all others in the whole world? 

ANSWER: We indeed have neither a new church nor 
any new laws. We only want to remain in simplicity 
and the true faith in the original church which 
Jesus founded through His blood. We wish to obey 
the commandment which was in the beginning. We do 
not demand that undoubted divinity be recognized in 
our church fellowship. Rather, we would wish that 
undoubted divinity might indeed be recognized in 
Christ Himself, and then in the church at Jerusalem. 
If this and its divinity in teaching, words, and 
commandments were to be acknowledged, then it could 
be determined whether a church has this divine 
teaching in it or not. If this is realized, then 
we think that it would be sufficient to recognize a 
church before all other churches in the whole 
world, if she is subject, as true wife to her 
husband Christ, to His commands, yes, if it still 
strives to be even more submissive. Whoever has 
not known Christ in the divinity of His command- 


ments will hardly recognize His church even if the 
twelve apostles were serving as its bishops and 

QUESTION 39: Are you yourselves assured, and 
have you already received the eternal assurance in 
the divine test of fire, that God Himself 
recognizes you and would have you recognized? How 
do you propose to prove this and make it credible? 

ANSWER: We must certainly have assurance before 
God, as Paul describes it (Romans 5:1,2): 
"Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we 
have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through 
him we have obtained access to this grace in which 
we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the 
glory of God." This assurance, however, is no 
longer promised, as it was also promised to the 
apostles, by the Lord Jesus (John 15:7): as long 
as they abide in Him, and His word abides with 
them, they are His rightful disciples. Whatever 
they asked for would be granted them. Thus it 
remains: he that is faithful in the teachings of 
Jesus, even to the end, will be saved. 

— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Durnbaugh 


The sixteenth chapter of the Acts begins with 
the beginning of Paul's second missionary journey. 
They had already been to Syria and Cilicia 
"confirming the churches." We find them at Derbe 
and Lystra. This was the home of Timothy. Lystra 
was the same place that Paul was stoned on the last 
journey. There was no doubt a church in Lystra* 
From there they went to various cities in Phrygia 
and Galatia, but the Holy Ghost had other plans for 
them and forbad them to preach in Asia or Bithynia 
which adjoins Asia. They journeyed on to Troas and 
received a vision of a man calling them to come 
over into Macedonia. 


At Troas, we see there was a change in the way 
things were written down. Until now everything was 
told as "they" went to a certain place. Now it is 
told "we" endeavored (v.10). Since we understand 
that Luke wrote the bock of Acts, we believe that 
Luke joined company with them here. 

From Troas, they took the shortest route, by 
water, to Philippi, and the first incident we read 
of was of the company meeting with some women on 
the Sabbath by a river to pray. Lydia was 
converted here, and she took Paul's company home 
and fed them. 

Paul cast a devil out of a damsel that was a 
soothsayer or fortune-teller. Of course, this left 
her masters without an income, so they captured 
Paul and Silas and brought them before the rulers. 
The rulers whipped them on their bare backs many 
times, and the jailor clapped them in stocks in the 
most secure prison. We all know the story of the 
Philippian jailor. He made a real change that 
night. Verse 24 says he "thrust them into the 
inner prison and made their feet fast in the 
stocks." Then after the earthquake and being saved 
from suicide, the jailor took them to his house and 
fed them and washed their stripes and was baptized. 

Paul used his Roman citizenship to God's glory 
here. He felt the magistrate had done wrong in 
whipping them and casting them into prison. They 
acknowledged their wrong but did not accept the 

One thing we discussed which was good was why 
Paul was disturbed when it seemed this damsel (in 
verses 16-18) was glorifying God in what she was 
saying. The disturbance she was making was 
uncalled for — probably even interrupting Paul's 
preaching. It was also mentioned that perhaps Paul 
saw she was being used of the devil, and he didn't 
think it right to have that kind of witness. 


How thankful we can be to have this chapter! It 
may just seem like early church history, but it is 
more than that. It tells of courage in trial, 
power over devils, the Holy Spirit's leading, and 
the zeal of the early Christians. May we follow 
them as they followed Christ. — Peter Cover 


I got up early one morning 

And rushed right into the day; 

I had so much to accomplish 

That I didn't have time to pray. 

Problems just tumbled about me 

And heavier came each task. 
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered. 

He said, "But you didn't ask." 

I wanted to see joy and beauty, 

But the day toiled on, gray and bleak; 

I wondered why God didn't show me. 
He said, "But you didn't seek." 

I tried to come into God's presence; 

I used all my keys at the lock; 
God gently and lovingly chided, 

"My child, you didn't knock." 

I woke up early this morning 

And paused before entering the day. 

I had so much to accomplish 

That I had to take time to pray. 

— Author unknown 

Selected by Melvin and Marilyn Coning 

Our selection for the youth today is on meekness 
from the book Spirit Fruit by John M. Drescher. We 
recommend this book as good reading. 


In modern thinking, meekness is not a coveted 
quality, while there is hardly a characteristic 
which better distinguishes Christianity. Meekness 
to many means spinelessness, lack of courage or 
strength. It is the opposite. Most of the 
precious promises of the Scripture are to the meek. 

We like to think, Blessed are the strong, the 
shrewd, those who stand up for their rights, those 
who refuse to be taken advantage of; those who al- 
ways look out for slights; those who strike it rich 
and make a success. We have a tendency to set high 
value on self-assertion. The natural standpoint is 
that a strong person is one who not only does what 
he wills but also bends others to do his will. 

Meekness is not native to the natural soil of 
the heart. It is not a natural disposition or 
psychological makeup. It grows in the garden of 
the Holy Spirit. Meekness is meant to characterize 
every Christian regardless of temperament. 

Meekness has a twofold expression. Toward God 
it issues in complete trust and submission to God. 
Meekness is to be mastered by the will of God. 
(John 6:38; 26:39)* It results in gentleness, 
consideration, courtesy. It is strength under 
control. Meekness is the character of the one who 
has the power to retaliate yet remains kind. It is 
from such a spirit that the expression gentle-man 
or gentleman arises. 

Meekness in the Greek is used to describe an 
animal which has been trained by its master. Wild 
and unruly animals are worthless. But when trained 
they become meek (teachable and quiet). If we 
remember this background of the term, we will see 
that meekness is strength under the control of God 
and that gentleness is power. 


Johnny and Carl had each received a new 
tractor. Johnny's was bigger than Carl's. Soon 
Joe came to play. He too had a new tractor. Joe's 
parents were poor so he had a wooden tractor. Soon 
all three boys were playing happily together. It 
wasn't long until Carl wanted a bigger tractor. He 
wanted to trade with Johnny, but Johnny wouldn't 
trade. Both boys were arguing instead of playing. 
Joe was quietly playing with his wooden one. How 
could Joe be happy and the other boys be arguing? 
Was it because Joe's parents were poor or that his 
tractor was wood? No, it was because Joe had 
learned to be content. Whatever Joe had he was 
glad for. 

Do you think when Jesus was a boy that He 
complained about His toys? Jesus was a child as 
you are. He had many things He could have 
complained about. He was born in a manger with the 
lowly cattle. His parents were poor. They moved 
from place to place. As a small boy, Jesus was an 
example of "Pilgrims and Strangers." He was a 
contented boy. 

As you children go from day to day, there will 
be things that you see that you would like to 
have. As you start the New Year, try to be like 
Joe and be content. Let your friends have what 
they have. Do not wish your tractor or doll was 
like theirs. The Bible tells us if we live a good 
life and be content we will have great gain. This 
gain will go to our storehouse in Heaven. 

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Content makes poor 
men rich; discontent makes rich men poor." 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 FEBRUARY, 1992 No. 2 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:tt 


Speak gently; it is better far 

To rule by love than fear; 
Speak gently; let no harsh word mar 

The good we may do here. 
Speak gently to the young, for they 

Will have enough to bear; 
Pass through this life as best they may, 

*Tis full of anxious care. 

Speak gently to the aged one, 

Grieve not the careworn heart 
Whose sands of life are nearly run; 

Let such in peace depart. 
Speak gently to the erring; know 

They must have toiled in vain; 
Perchance unkindness made them so; 

Oh, win them back again I 

Speak gently; 'tis a little thing 
Dropped in the heart's deep well; 

The good, the joy, that it may bring, 
Eternity shall tell. 

— David Bates 

from Poems for Memorization 

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The scene was Preston State Prison where 800 
young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty- 
one, put in their time "day in and day out." We 
had traveled there to participate in a short 
service by singing with a group. Before the 
service in the chapel began, twenty young men were 
ushered in by a guard. They came from various 
"lodges" in the sprawled prison compound. Out of 
800, twenty attended this service. There had been 
some fights that day, (According to the chaplain, 
fights are traditional as the new year begins.) and 
several of the lodges were "locked down." Besides, 
this was an optional activity and one that was 
permitted only on good behavior. So some could 
not, and some would not attend. Twenty out of 8001 
But the ones that attended listened quietly, and 
the chaplain reported that some had , made a 
commitment to Jesus Christ and others were 
beginning — had applied for baptism. 

When the service ended, the young men were again 
ushered out by a guard. We had no opportunity to 
speak with the prisoners. (However, on other 
occasions, this is possible*) As we left, we were 
all touched with the sadness, the near hopelessness 
of the situation. This place was surrounded by a 
high tight fence topped with coils of bright 
"razorwire" with sharp points that would discourage 
climbing over. We were counted in and counted out 
and required to leave any pockeb knives with the 
authorities. They try to foresee any attempts at 
foul play. Even while we were there one of the 
young converts to Christianity had been taken to 
the hospital after having been beaten by fellow 
prisoners using a sock stuffed with several 


This is only one of hundreds of prisons across 
the land. The wasted resources are astounding. 
Instead of being useful, active, productive 
contributors to society, these 800 strong young men 
cost the government $22,000.00 each per year. 

Where does God place the responsibility for the 
tragic loss represented here? The problems of most 
of these cases can be traced to poor homes, broken 
homes, non-Christian homes, possibly homes without 
a faithful father. Ephesians 6:4 says, "And, ye 
fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but 
bring them up in the nuture and admonition of the 
Lord." Any of us who are fathers realize this is a 
big order — one impossible without God's help. 

More and more we realize the importance of the 
early training of children. Good fathers come in 
all sizes, many temperaments, various backgrounds. 
Good homes, also, are of many types — rich and poor, 
various customs, and with different numbers of 
children. But one characteristic is absolutely 
essential if the training of children fulfills 
Ephesians 6:4 of "bringing them up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord." Fathers and mothers 
must be God-fearing and devout — realizing their 
need of help from God's Holy Spirit, with God's 
Word and the Lord Jesus uppermost and each family 
member in his special place. 

We have examples in Scripture of faithful and 
unfaithful men. For some of them, even the cause 
is pointed out. For Moses (and Aaron, too,) we see 
parents who were "not afraid of the king's command- 
ment" to destroy their boy. About Timothy, Paul 
wrote "that from a child thou hast known the holy 
scripture, which are able to make thee wise unto 
salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 

On the other hand, we read of Adonijah, David's 
son who rebelled and proclaimed himself king. It 
is recorded of Adonijah (and it probably applied 
also to Absalom, his full brother) that "his father 
had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why 


hast thou done so?..." He was apparently never 

About Abraham, God said, "For I know him, that 
he will command his children and his household 
after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, 
to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may 
bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of 
him." (Genesis 18:19) 

The book of Proverbs abounds with advxce to 
fathers, "Withhold not correction from the child: 
for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not 
die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt 
deliver his soul from hell." (23:13»14) The writer 
here is not talking about child abuse but about 
fatherly, loving discipline. Some of us have 
experienced how wonderfully a matter is cleared 
when the father administers punishment for 
wrongdoing and then comforts the sobbing, penitent 
child by holding him tight and assuring him he is 
loved dearly. If on the other hand, parents scold 

and nag at wrongdoing without punishing, the matter 
is not cleared and the child is only assumed that 
his parents are critical of him. Proverbs 13:24 
states a truth: "He that spareth his rod hateth 
his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him 
betimes." This passage certainly doesn't mean we 
must be always beating our children. The "rod" 
here could even mean authority and parental 
correction. "Betimes" means "timely", "early", or 
"in good time." 

The modern philosophies of child training 
usually do not include these Bible principles. 
But, be assured, God's ways are right and 
unchanging. What better trick could the adversary 
devise that to spoil a child before he is even old 
enough to choose? Satan's attack on the homes is 
resulting in broken homes, rebellious children, and 
full prisons. 

But consider the possibilities of a godly home. 
The children are in their places. The father is in 


control with the support of the mother. The young 
folks are industrious and productive, working at 
their own jobs or making the family projects move 
ahead • The government is spared and God is praised 
as godliness and honor to Jesus Christ abound. 

Train your children; make them mind; 
As you rear them, you will find 
Loving discipline will pay 
Dividends at judgement day. 

Teach them kindness, mercy, love; 
Tell them often God above 
Watches children, knows their fears, 
Sees their actions, dries their tears. 

One time, only once you may 
Check their angers, guide their play. 
Soon they're grown and out of reach; 
Now is your right time to teach. 

Prisons overflow their space. 
Heaven's open; there a place 
Is prepared by Christ the Lord; 
Each can win the full reward. 



Sometimes a light surprises 

The child of God who sings. 
It is the Lord that rises 

With healing in His wings. 
When comforts are declining, 

He grants the soul again 
A season of clear shining 

To cheer it after rain. 


In holy contemplation 

We sweetly then pursue 
The theme of God's salvation, 

And find it ever new. 
Set free from present sorrow 

We cheerfully can say, 
Let the unknown tomorrow 

Bring with it what it may. 

It can bring with it nothing 

But He will bear us through. 
Who gives the lilies clothing 

Will clothe His people, too. 
Beneath the spreading heavens 

No creature but is fed, 

And He who feeds the ravens 
Will give His children bread. 

Though vine and fig tree neither 

Their wonted fruit shall bear, 
Though all the fields shall wither, 

Nor flocks nor herds be there, 
Yet God, the same abiding, 

His praise shall tune my voice, 
For while in Him confiding 

I cannot but rejoice. 

--William Cowper, 1779 

A favorite of Edna Baker 

— Selected by Rosanna Royer 


We have another question- 
one — for this issue. We would 
from our readers. 

-a very relevant 
like some answers 

What should our answer be when called for jury 
duty? And what scriptural reasons do we have for 
our answer? 

— Linda Frick 



Romans 10:9: "That if thou shalt confess with 
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in 
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, 
thou shalt be saved." We read how hard it was for 
His apostles to believe He had really risen from 
the dead. How about us? Do we really expect to 
see the dead raised and join them, to follow Jesus 
to Heaven? We have much more revealed in the 
written Word than they had. If we look forward in 
hope, we will see that great day. 


Timothy 3:16: "All scripture is given by 
inspiration of God, and is profitable for reproof, 
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 
that the man of God may be perfect, throughly 
furnished unto all good work." Human nature has 
remained the same since the fall. Man would rather 
hide than receive correction or try to excuse 
himself because of what others have done. Ezekiel 
18 explains this attitude. The lives of David and 
Paul tell of their sins, but also tell of their 
being willing to receive correction. The Lord 
gives us opportunities to receive correction, and 
gives us the example to follow. 


Hebrews 5:8: "Though he were a Son, yet learned 
he obedience by the things which He suffered." 
Peter didn't believe Jesus should suffer any 
persecution. Job's friends couldn't believe Job 
hadn't sinned when he was afflicted. But we read 
that if we are without chastisement, we are bastards 
and not sons. If we are willing to accept help, we 
can receive the benefits. 



Matthew 5:7: "Blessed are the merciful: for 
they shall obtain mercy." Under the law given 
through Moses, sin was to be punished without 
mercy, but Jesus brought us a new way to handle sin 
with mercy. We are told to make a great effort to 
settle our differences between our members, without 
bringing them to judgement, for mercy rejoiceth 
against judgement. Apostle Paul told the 
Corinthians what they needed to do to handle the 
case of fornication. But he also told them to 
confirm their love, lest the punishment left the 
brother without hope of repentance. 


In John 11:26: Jesus said, "And whosoever 
liveth and believe th in me shall never die. 
Believe th thou this?" So the all important 
question for us is this: do we really belive that 
Jesus lived two thousand years ago, and that He 
lives today, after being resurrected from the dead? 

— Ernest Wagner 


My hat is off to elderly Christians. I admire 
their beauty. The ones I know are thoughtful and 
kind, patient and loving. Through years of 
imitating Christ they have grown more and more into 
His image. Physical health may be failing, the 
eyesight growing dim, the hearing failing, but 
there is no reason to lose heart. Why? The inner 
nature is being renewed every day... and these 
saints are more lovely than they have ever been. 


For those who resent the passing years , an 
interesting possibility has been suggested by 
Charles L. Allen. He writes, "Just suppose the 
process were reversed. You would start living at 
an old age and every day be a little younger. Now 
that would be terrible. Every day you would know a 
little less than you knew the day before. You 
would start off with your grandchildren but in a 
few years they would all be gone. Your family, 
instead of growing, would constantly be diminish- 
ing. You would eventually get to the age where you 
start to college. You would start off a senior and 
end up in first grade. Now, little first graders 
are cute with their short pants or little pink 
dresses, but I would hate to think I would have to 
be one again. 

"Tottering old age has its drawbacks but being a 
tiny baby is a lot worse. If you were getting 
younger, you would have to look forward to losing 
everything and end up by being a helpless baby with 
a bottle. Finally, you would just fade away into 
nothing. Babies do not have a previous existance, 
so complete oblivion would be the end." 

When it is put like that, even I can see the 
advantage of growing older rather than shrinking 
younger. In the spiritual realm, who would want 
his faith to grow weaker day by day? Who would 
want to see his Christ-like qualities diminish with 
the passing of time? Who would want to give up the 
personal experiences where God has proven his faith- 
fulness time and again in ones own life? Not Mel 

Experience is a great teacher. We are confident 

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew 
their strength; they shall mount up with wings as 
eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they 
shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31) 

— John Gipson from Pulpit Helps 

published by AMG International 



LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 40: Do you expect a better outcome for 
your church than that of the former Anabaptists? 
From where should this come? What is the assurance 
of your souls before and from God, who is impartial 
and who utterly humiliates and destroys all that is 
high and exalted, even all sects that pride and 
seek only themselves? 

ANSWER: If we remain in the teaching of the New 
Testament, we expect this outcome, namely, that the 
fulfillment of our faith will be eternal life. In 
return for insignificant shame and suffering, we 
will obtain immeasurably momentous glory. We 
cannot testify for our descendants — as their faith 
is, so shall be their outcome. Nevertheless, we 
can say this, that the outcome of the former 
Baptists has turned out far better than that of all 
other religions. The Baptist seed is still far 
better than the seed of Luther, Calvin, and also 
that of the Catholics. These have had a completely 
wild, yes, bestial outcome, which is self-evident. 
The Jews and the Turks are scandalized by the 
horrible wickedness of these three religions. Not 
even with gallows and torture can they keep them, 
who are of one faith, from murdering one another in 
their homes, which happens often enough. What is 
still more horrible, they go publicly to war, and 
slaughter one another by the thousands. All this 
is the fruit of infant baptism. 

No Baptist will be found in war, and few in 
prison or on the gallows because of their crimes. 
The majority of them are inclined to peacefulness. 
It is still possible to sleep unconcernedly among 
them and not need to fear robbery or even murder if 


one has much money. It would indeed be desirable 
that the whole world were full of these 
"deteriorated" Baptists* Their outcome has turned 
out far better than that of many from among the 
Pietists who have again taken an evil turn. Hardly 
had they left the great Babel several years before 
than they voluntarily returned to it. When the 
beginning is like this, the outcome will be very 
miserable and wretched. May God keep all Baptists 
in His grace so that they may not turn toward evil 
once more and then their outcome will be mentioned 
above, namely, the eternal life of joy. 


These are the most urgent questions about your 
new baptism and church, that were deemed neccessary 
to present at this time to you, dear friends, for 
your own sake as well as that of others. You may 
now consider them, and prepare you corporate, clear, 
and candid explanations with your accompanying 
reasons. You should do this in such a manner as 
you can dare to account for such and important 
matter before the countenance of Jesus Christ, all 
His holy angels, and the elect on the inevitable 
day of most strict examination of this, your new 
work, without contradicting Hi3 noble Spirit in 
your consciences or those of others. 


Beloved Friends: 

Upon your request, we have published in love 
these answers to every one of the forty points of 
the searching questions which you have submitted to 
us upon our good consciences before God. They are 
answered according to our faith and good conscience 
before the God who sent His Son out of love to the 
world that we should hear, believe, and have 
eternal life through our faith in Him- If, then, 
your salvation and blessedness are dear to you, 
hasten and bow your necks under the seep tor of this 


great King. Believe that His teaching is true and 
His baptism is saving and blessed for poor 
sinners. Do not say, "Of what use is this water 
for me?" and do not try to comfort yourselves with 
your infant baptism, which was introduced into the 
world in contradiction to God's Word. 

Otherwise, may this simple testimony (which is 
published by the Baptists at Schwarzenau upon 
urgent appeal) be a witness along with your own 
consciences, at the great Day of Judgement of the 
Lord Jesus, who will come with flaming fire to take 
vengence on those who were disobedient to His 
gospel. Now, to the slain Lamb, who alone has 
might and power in heaven and on earth, be praise, 
honor, and glory, from eternity to eternity. Amen. 

"Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every 
eye shall see him, every one who pierced him." 
(Revelation 1:7) Amen. 

Published at Schwarzenau, in the month of July, in 
the year of our Lord 1713- 

— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Durnbaugh 


4254 Richmond-Palestine 

New Madison, Ohio 45346 


WAGNER — A daughter, Laurel Anne, born January 22, 
to Lloyd and Beth Wagner of Modesto, California. 

GARBER — A daughter, Betty Sue, born January 26, to 
Clair and Ruth Garber of Chamber sburg, Pennsylvania. 



Fruit bearing that brings honor and glory to God 
is the testimony and seal of our faith. It also 
expresses the personality of God. God never asks 
anything of us that He wasn't willing to do. 

"Now the God of patience and consolation grant 
you to be likeminded one toward another according 
to Christ Jesus." (Romans 15:5) 

"But in all things approving ourselves as the 
ministers of God, in much patience , in afflictions, 
in necessities, in distresses." (II Corinthians 6:4) 

"We give thanks to God always for you all, making 
mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without 
ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and 
patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the 
sight of God and our Father." (l Thess. 1:2-3) 

The word patience isn't used in the Old Test- 
ament. Under law it was an eye for an eye and a 
tooth for a tooth. This shows one of the contrasts 
of the law and grace. 

As we view life and all its struggles, we can 
see why Jesus said, "In your patience possess ye 
your souls." 

The Scriptures are clear that if we don' t 
exercise patience to one another God will not 
continue in His patience to us. (Matthew 18:23-35) 

Fruit bearing that is adorned with patience has 
a special quality. "But that on the good ground 
are they, which in an honest and good heart, having 
heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with 
patience . " (Luke 8:15) 

As the Christian's hope and glory is in the 
future, only with Godly patience can we maintain 
courage and strength to press toward the mark for 

the prize of the high calling of God in Christ 

As we serve in patience we prove that God is in 
control. — Kenneth Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 



Isn't it true that the little irritations often 

cause more trouble than the large problems? The 

pebbles in our shoe, the slow leak in a tire, or 

the weeds in the flower bed cause small but 

frequent and vexing problems. 

John M. Drescher in Spirit Fruit tells it this 
way: ~" .~™~™— ~~~ 

Dr. Roy S. Nicholson illustrated the importance 
of little things in recalling the history of the 
Panama Canal. The first attempt to dig a canal 
across the Isthmus of Panama was made by a French 
company. Men and machinery tackled mountains and 
jungles. The project was abandoned, however, not 
because of the mountains, but because of mosquitoes. 
Yellow fever, from mosquitoes, killed thousands. 

American doctors found ways of protecting persons 
against the mosquitoes. When the mosquitoes were 
taken care of the mountains soon succumbed. There 
is a great difference between the size of mountains 
and mosquitoes. Yet the small mosquitoes did more 
damage. More men perished from the bite of 
mosquitoes than from dangers in the mountains. 

No one succeeds in the big opportunities of life 
who has not been faithful in small obligations. 
"He that is faithful in that which is least is 
faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in 
the least is unjust also in much." (Luke 16:10) 

Similarly the small duties often are more 
important than the seemingly great ones. How vital 
it is to be faithful in little things! To develop 
good habits in things like listening, bringing in 
wood, taking out garbage, learning school lessons 
on time, or even writing a short article for the 
Youth Page in The Pilgrim , (lT) have such a bearing 
on our larger duties. 

Learning to drive a car consists in doing little 
things in the proper sequence. You need to master 


bhe starting, the shifting, braking, signaling, 
steering, and a number of little details of paying 
attention to other cars, to pedestrians, to possible 
dangers. All together these little skills make for 
the larger accomplishment of driving on your own. 

So it is in the Christian life. Small tempt- 
ations need to be overcome. Our thoughts need to 
be directed. Our daily Bible reading should become 
a habit. We need to obey our parents and harmonize 
with brothers and sisters. These are small duties 
but they add up to a life yielded to the Lord — a 
life of selflessness. 

Jesus has done the part impossible for us, that 
of dying for our sins. He asks us to do our small 
duty by believing Him and obeying His Word. — L.C. 


enjoying any book 

more than your Bible, 

loving any person 

more than our Lord Jesus Christ, 

seeking the fellowship of men 

more than that of the Holy Spirit, 

coveting any pleasure 

more than your prayer times, 

reverencing any house 

more than the House of God, 

satisfied with any table 
more than the Lord's Table, 

or delighted with any prospect 

more than the return of the Lord Jesus, 

— Selected 


Every boy and girl wants to get big and be a 
success in life. This is good but sometimes we get 
carried away and forget that we have a Heavenly 
Father to follow. Some people aren't satisfied 
until they have a big bank account or until they 
can do something great. Solomon says all this is 
vanity. Anything we do without Jesus is vanity. 

Sixty-nine years ago there was a little girl 
born. She looked a little different from most 
girls. In her school years she only went to the 
third grade. She had a wonderful memory. If she 
once met you and learned your name, she would never 
forget you. Anyone she met was her friend because 
she was friendly to everyone. When she was around 
someone that cried, she would cry. If you were 
happy, she was happy. 

David the shepherd boy said , "Keep me from 
wanting to sin. Do not let evil have any place in 
me. Then I shall be upright and I shall be 
innocent." Paul tells us that the children of God 
are to act like Christ, in all we do, at all times. 

I am confident Marie Oyler was found innocent in 
God*s eyes. To many people, Marie wasn't a success 
in life. Jesus tells us how to be a success. Mark 
10:15: "If we receive God's kingdom as a little 
child, we will enter into Heaven." Truly Marie was 
a little child for sixty-nine years. If you see 
anyone that is not as well blessed with a good mind 
or good health... be good to them... they need YOU. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 MARCH, 1993 NO. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 


I'll paint a picture of Jesus, 

A picture for all to see 
To show His great benevolence — 

His right to set sinners free. 

His eyes will reveal His goodness 
With kindness reflected there. 

Innocence, peace, serenity 

With us He's willing to share. 

Pity and sorrow for others 

I'll paint there for all to see; 

Blessing and healing virtues 
That reach down even to me. 

His hands will be strong and reaching 
To any poor person in need. 

His feet will go in low places; 
His power will a multitude feed. 

His garments were the most simple — 
No gorgeous robe did He wear. 

I'll shade the whole picture with love 
For all who behold Him there. 

— Chester Budd 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $£00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


We all need the Saviour. We are like sleeping 
infants — mostly unaware of our needs, but 
completely dependent on someone. The physical 
needs of the body are obvious, and have more 
immediate consequences. But our spiritual needs of 
our Saviour are far more vital with consequences 
reaching into eternity. 

Researchers say that our bodies need air, water, 
food, exercise, rest, protection from extremes of 
temperature, from injury, from disease, etc. We 
have these needs supplied in the world unless we 
abuse the provisions we have been given. 

The spiritual needs are more difficult to 
analyze by research, but the Bible describes them, 
and we feel them inside. Someone has said that man 
has a "God-shaped void" in him that none but God 
can fill. In our spirits there is life to find and 
maintain. Jesus revealed in conversation with the 
Father the answer to our need for life; "And this 
is life eternal, that they might know thee the only 
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." 
(John 17:3) 

Man fell in the very beginning. How it would 
have been if he had not disobeyed, we do not know. 
But we know that now we need the Saviour. 

Babies begin life needing love and care. The 
mothers are well suited to fill this need. But in 
our time many do not care. Thousands of babies are 
being slain before they draw their breath. One 
picture shows the Saviour on His knees weeping and 
holding in one hand a tiny fetus. This may be a 
true picture, but the Saviour sorrows not so much 
for the baby as for the hardness of human hearts 
and the sins that produced the situation in which 


mothers do not want their babies. Paul prophesies 
to Timothy that men in the last days will be 
"lovers of their own selves. . .unthankful, unholy, 
without natural affection..." No, the babies are 
not the worst tragedy. They are safe and certainly 
spared from a life in a deficient home, unwanted, 
untrained, without hope. The tragedy is the fallen 
state of mothers and fathers in desperate need of 
the Saviour. 

Children in every age need to be taught. The 
schools are not enough. They need the advantage of 
a joyful Christian home with loving parents. Their 
main duty is to obey their parents. But many are 
being propelled into young adulthood without 
training. They are given all the "things" that 
money can buy. They are offered their own choices 
of what they want to eat, how they spend their 
time, what they will wear, how they will look; and 
they are not prepared for these choices. Christian 
parents, for your children's sake, teach and show 
them the delightful ways of the Lord. Show them by 
cheerful example that we must sometimes do things, 
eat things, and endure things that we do not enjoy, 
that we should not waste food or any of the good 
things God gives us. They have a right to know the 
truth about life and to be taught the Word of God. 
They have a right to be shown' that they need the 

Young people, with their freshness and vitality, 
need to have that strength channeled in the right 
direction. They need things to do — the challenge 
of ministering to a dying world whose only hope is 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need bright 
examples of faithful adults who love them. They 
need to know their greatest need is the Saviour who 
forgives and gives new life and then walks with us 
each day. Young people need to learn self-denial. 
This is contrary to their instincts as children. 
But it is so vital in rejoicing Christian adults. 

The principle of self-denial brings us to 
married folks. Husbands and wives need each 


other. But most of all they need the Saviour. 
Self-denial is vital in the home, but without the 
Saviour it is not complete. We need to see a cause 
beyond our own. A home honoring the Saviour and 
dedicated to bringing up Godly children has a 
blessed goal for which self-denial is one of the 
means. Self-denial without a Godly motive can even 
become selfish, fostering self pity and a false 
sense of righteousness. In the cheerful home we 
deny self for the good of our campanions and 
children in the cause of Christ. 

Old folks need the Saviour. Day is fading to 
evening. Strength is giving way to weakness. Time 
is running out. Blessed are we when we have our 
Saviour in old age. He comforts and gives peace. 
Someone has said, "God remembers us when we cannot 
remember ourselves." One of the most beautiful 
Christian examples is the contented aged one who 
has walked with the Lord all his days. To see 
love, joy, and peace tested and matured gives 
victorious encouragement to the younger ones, still 
new on the Christian path. Their message is "It 
can be done by the help of our Saviour." 

Men and women, young and old, need the Saviour 
because of sin. The Bible says that all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 
3:23) The wages of sin is death, and we want to 
live. The gift of God is eternal life through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. In the words of Moses 
(Deuteronomy 30:19) "..•therefore choose life, that 
both thou and thy seed (children) may live." 


Have you needs? Then you are normal, 

For all men are needy things. 
We need, first of all, the Saviour 

Who to us salvation brings. 


Have you babies needing parents 
Who will love them every day? 

Through the Saviour you can help them, 
Give them care amd for them pray. 

Are there children in the family? 

Teach them, train them in the Lord; 
Make their choices for them daily. 

This is taught you in His Word. 

Are some young folk3 to you looking? 

They need guidance as they grow; 
Give them your example faithful, 

They will reap just what they sow. 

Married folks, have you been faithful, 
Self-denying, kind, and true? 

Are you loving with your helper? 
Is there more that you can do? 

Old age comes and with it blessing 
If we sense our needs in Him. 

He will comfort, cheer, and help us, 
Guide us as the light grows dim. 

— L.C. 



I Corinthians 2:2: "For I determined not to 
know any thing among you save, Jesus Christ, and 
him crucified." Our belief cannot be made to sound 
reasonable to the natural man, because they are 
concerned only with things pertaining to this 
natural life. And for Jesus and His followers, to 
be willing to sacrifice this life for one unseen 
was to them foolishness. Human nature remains the 
same. We have to walk by faith and not by sight. 



It is very important that we love the truth in 
these evil times, before the second coming of 
Christ. II Thessalonians 2:9: "Even him, whose 
coming is after the working of Satan with all power 
and signs and lying wonders, And with all 
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that 
perish; because they received not the love of the 
truth that they might be 3aved." In our time the 
nations depend on propaganda (lies) to promote 
their selfish interests. So we have to search for 
the truth. 


We are living in a world that is ruled by power, 
the stronger living off the weaker, the big fish 
feeding on weaker ones, the rich men living off the 
labors of the poor. But in the Kingdom of Heaven 
all this violence and oppression will be removed; 
evil will not be there, nor any sickness or pain. 
This is beyond our imagination but God will do it. 
He can create a new world with the same power He 
created this. 


Luke 20:38: "For he is not a God of the dead, 
but of the living: for all live unto him. 11 We who 
are growing old, have had loved ones called away of 
all ages. So we know the Lord calls whom He will 
to inhabit Eternity. Would there be fulness of 
joy, if all were 70 years old? Jesus loves the 
little children. 

— Ernest Wagner 

There is a past which is gone forever, but there 
is a future which is still our own. 

— Selected 



What should our answer be when called for jury 
duty? And what scriptural reasons do we have for 
our answer? 

When asked why I felt I could not serve as a 
juror, ray reply to the judge was as follows: "I am 
a Christian and a member of the Old Brethren 
Church. We are subject to, but not dependant upon 
the civil power or powers. Our guide for faith and 
practice is the law and oracles of God as contained 
in the Holy Scriptures. When God's laws are not 
heeded, a civil government has to be implemented in 
which we feel we have no par t . The law as 
contained in the Gospels has no provision for the 
Christian to participate in a civil justice 
system. Therefore, I do not feel I am able to 
serve as a juror." Matthew 5:33-44, I feel, is an 
adequate scripture. 

--Joseph E.Wagner 

We feel we should not serve in jury duty. We 
are to follow in Jesus' steps. (I Peter 2:21) 
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world..." 
(John 18:36) Paul asks, "For what have I to do to 
judge them also that are without? do not ye judge 
them that are within? But them that are without 
God judgeth..." (I Corinthians 5:12-13) Paul is 
saying Christ's servants judge within God's 
kingdom. The ones that are in the other kingdom 
God will judge. We have no question what kingdom 
the courtroom is in. 

— Everett Oyler 

This question was considered by the Brethren's 
Annual Meeting nine times from 1822 to 1875* Jury 
duty was permitted in some cases but was always 
admonished against and was strictly forbidden in 


criminal proceedings. The only scriptural reference 
in the record is II Corinthians 6:14-18. 

While the Bible does not mention jury duty as 
such, I believe there are scri^tral principles 
which would apply to this subject, and I shall try 
to present a few of them. 

I believe the New Testament is abundantly clear 
that the Christian is first and foremost a citizen 
of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is obliged to respect 
civil government where this does not conflict with 
his Heavenly citizenship. Surely, to be a partner 
in the civil courts' decision-making processes 
would involve one in this conflict because the 
courts' standard of justice (an eye for an eye and 
a tooth for a tooth) and the methods used in an 
attempt to attain this standard are foreign to the 
New Testament. 

The courts of the world are worldly institutions 
set up to control worldly behavior with worldly 
methods. Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this 
world." For a Christian to participate in this 
system would surely be an "unequal yoke." (II 
Corinthians 6:14) 

In Luke 12:13 we are told that a man came to 
Jesus and said, "Master, speak to my brother, that 
he divide the inheritance with me." The response 
was, "Man, Who made me a judge or a divider over 
you?" Disputes of this nature are the field of the 
civil courts. This was not part of the Lord's 
commission and He refused to be a partner in it. 
In I Corinthians 5:12 the Apostle Paul echoes the 
same idea with the words: "For what have I to do 
to judge them also that are without?" 

Then is chapter six he states that the law 
courts are "unjust" (verse l) and "unbelievers" 
(verse 6). Would this not be sufficient reason for 
a believer to avoid participation? In Ephesians 
5 : 11 the same wr i ter says , "And have no fellowship 
with the unfruitful works of darkness..." 

Revenge, or an attitude of u I have been wronged 


and I intend to get even," is often the motivating 
factor when a plaintiff initiates a lawsuit. 
Romans 12:19 says, "Dearly, beloved, avenge not 
yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for 
it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, 
saith the Lord. " 

In his book Common Sense David Bercot writes 
that, to the defense attorney, truth is quite 
irrelevant. The point of a trial, he says, is not 
truth but rather the point is to obtain a "Not 
guilty" verdict from the jury. End of quote. When 
truth is disregarded, error, deceit, and darkness 
will prevail. 

Would anyone expect to find the fruits of the 
Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, demonstrated in 
the courtroom? 

As I reflect on all this, the words of Saint 
Paul again impress themselves upon my mind; "Be ye 
not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for 
what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light 
with darkness?" (II Corinthians 6:14) 

This has been a one sided presentation, but I 
have been unable to think of any scriptural reason 
why a Christian should, or would want to, be 
involved in the activities of the courts of the 

"Be not ye therefore partakers with them." 

— Harold Royer 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congrega- 
tion, rejoiced that souls are still responding to 
the call of the Master. Philip Huffman received 
Christian baptism upon confession of his faith in 
Christ, February 21. May he be true to Jesus and 
enjoy the blessing of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 



Acts 17 recounts the experiences of Paul at 
three different places — Thessalonica, Berea, and 
Athens. There are lessons we can learn from each 
of them. 

The apostle Paul was on his second missionary 
journey when he arrived at Thessalonica. He and 
Silas had just come from Philippi by way of 
Amphipolis and Apollonia. 

Paul and Silas were in Thessalonica at least 

three weeks. Prom verse three we can see that 
Paul's basic message was straightforward and 
simple. As a result, many believed and received 
the gospel. In verse four, "chief women" are 
mentioned among those who believed. These could 
have been women who had influence or power in 

After Paul and Silas had been in Thessalonica 
for three weeks, the Jews of the synagogue who 
didn't believe persuaded some ungodly, unprincipled 
men to cause an uproar against Paul and Silas. 
Paul and Silas had to leave by night and go to 

In Berea the Jews of the synagogue received Paul 
and Silas more hospitably than in Thessalonica. 
Their response to the gospel should be an example 
to all of us whenever we hear any kind of new 
teaching or doctrine. Verse eleven says that the 
Bereans searched the scriptures daily. This is a 
good thing to do wherever we are. 

From Berea Paul went to Athens. Athens at this 
time was considered a great center of learning. It 
was here at Athens that Paul made one of his most 
brilliant defenses of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Some of the Epicureans and Stoics (Epicurianism and 
Stoicism were two philosophies held by many Greeks 
at this time.) heard Paul and brought him to the 
Areopagus, the highest court in Athens. 

It was brought out that the Athenians revered 


their many gods, and to insult one of them could 
very well mean death. It was here that Paul 
cleverly used their altar to "The Unknown God" as a 
means to present the true God to them. It is 
interesting to note that although Paul uses a quote 
from Greek poetry he does not quo be scripture once 
in his entire discourse with the Athenians. 

However, in spite of Paul's effort, not many 
believed. Most seemed to regard his sermon as just 
another interesting philosophy. This is one of the 
great tactics Satan still uses today. We must be 
careful never to let the Bible lose its significance 
as the only divinely inspired Word of God in our 
lives. This can only be accomplished by searching 
it daily and living out the principles it contains 
in our daily life. —Eddie Wagner 


We studied another chapter of the Acts for 
February and this one, like all the rest of the 
chapter, is filled with action and a lot of good! 

We meet Aquilla and Priscilla for the first time 
in this chapter. There was an interesting comment 
on how Paul got to know this couple. They were in 
Corinth because Claudius, the Roman Emperor, at 
that time had banned all Jews from Rome where they 
had lived. They were tentmakers just like Paul, 
and it seems that that is the reason for Paul's 
staying with them. And while he was with them he 
taught them of Jesus and they became Christians. 

It was pointed out that wherever Paul went he 
preached to the Jews first and, as in verse six 
when they rejected him and the Lord, he shook the 
dust from his raiment and went to the Gentiles. 
But even then in the next city he would first 
preach to the Jews. 

What joy and courage it must have given Paul to 
have the Lord Himself speak to him. (V. 9,10) And 
as a missionary, it would be glad news tc aeav that 


the Lord had "much people" in that city. "~ 

With verse twenty-three Paul starts his third 
and last missionary journey. All three of his 
major journeys start at Antioch. 

This Apollos is an interesting man. He was a 
learned Jew and knew much about the scriptures, but 
as soon as Aquilla and Priscilla heard him preach, 
they realized he didn't know the way of Jesus — only 
the baptism of John. Being a teachable man he 
learned from them, "the way of God more perfectly." 
Apollos continued to preach but in a new way, 
"showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ* " 

--Peter Cover 


Blessed are they who understand 

My faltering steps and palsied hand. 
Blessed are they who know that my ears today 

Must strain to catch the words they say. 
Blessed are they who seem to know 

That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow. 
Blessed are they who look away 

When coffee spills at the table today. 
Blessed are they who have a cheery smile 

On their face and stop to chat for a little while. 
Blessed are they who never say, 

"You've told that story twice today." 
Blessed are they who by word or deed 

Let you know how much they love and respect you. 
Blessed are they who know at times how lost 

I am, to find the strength to carry the cross. 
Blessed are the ones that help, in times of need, 

May God richly bless. 
Blessed is the Bear Lord, 

Who holds the future in His hands. 
Blessed are the Dear Ones that are serving in His 

Vineyard — He will soon call us home. 
—Betty Alltus 

Modesto , California 



As pilgrims and as strangers, 
We tread the desert way; 
In conscious weakness, leaning 
On God, our Strength and Stay. 

Though of times long and dreary, 

The way may seem to be; 

Yet Lord, Thy strength and love is ours, 

And we can joy in Thee. 

Though everything should fail us, 
Still we can count on Thee; 
Thou art the ever faithful One — 
Our springs are all in Thee. 

The wilderness is barren — 
A place where drought abides — 
But our resources are in Thee; 
Our need Thy love supplies. 

We know Thou wilt sustain us 
Until the journey's o'er; 
Then we shall meet with Thee above 
And praise Thee evermore. 

--Author Unknown 

— Selected by Murray Brillinger 


We, the members of the Eastern District of the 
Old Brethren Church, have appointed a Lovefeast and 
Communion for April 10 and 11, at the Wakarusa 
meeting house. The Lord willing, we are looking 
forward to a time of sweet fellowship and feeding 
upon His Word. A hearty invitation is extended to 
all . — Melvin Coning 



The battleground between God and Satan is in the 
hearts of men* Therefore the acts of man reveal 
how the struggle is going* The scripture is clear 
that only by the aid of the Holy Spirit can man 

overcome his enemy. 

Acts 5:32 tells on what condition the Holy 
Spirit enters the human heart. And the results 
would be that the fruits would be visible to all 
men. (John 17:21) 

The longsuffering of Jesus rescued us from the 
power of Satan as He cried out in pain and agony. 
Physically He suffered long in dying, but in the 
spirit He suffered longer, and still suffers when 
men reject His forgiveness and salvation. 

The longsuffering of Jesus is beyond our ability 
to fully comprehend, but we believe it needs to be 
addressed in our relationship with Him. (Romans 

We believe there are two dimensions of 
suffering. The first is that of crucifying the 
inner man and bringing it into subjection to the 
will of God, as the apostle Paul declared, "I die 

The second is suffering in behalf of our 
fellowman who refuse to commit themselves to 
Christ. Also, when relationships break down and we 
are rejected as was Jesus, we are to suffer it as 
He did. 

To suffer long is a refining process that the 
flesh needs to bear the image of Christ. 

— Kenneth Martin 

Jealousy makes us smaller in the hearts of our 
friends, weaker is the eyes of our adversaries, and 
defenseless in the hands of our enemies. 

— Selected 



Why is it thatwhen we don * t want to do 
something we make excuses? We don't have time... we 
have no talent... it looks dumb. . .others can do it 
better than I can... and on and on. The Bible says 
to esteem others better than ourselves. Sometimes 
we use this verse to our own liking. What if Jesus 
didn't have time. . .didn't think He was talented... 
thought His works looked dumb. . .thought someone 
else could do better? Where would you and I be? 

I hope you all read the last Pilgrim about the 
little things in the youth section. I don't think 
anyone appreciates our youth any more than I do. 
When they are together in a group singing, I can 
hardly keep from shouting for joy. I know Jesus is 
happy when His children can truly sing praises to 
Him. It is not just the singing that is so 
meaningful; it is the testimony of the lives of 
each singer that makes the true joy in our hearts. 
We have read so many good articles in the Youth 
section. Please keep it up. Young people, this 
little space should come from you. When gold is 
refined it takes time and lots of heat. Maybe in 
this little thing of writing is part of your 
refining. The heat may be turned on, but you will 
be blessed. It is true that this space could be 
filled by some of us grandparents, but it has a 
better and bigger effect if you young people write. 

Emptying garbage is one job that many of us do 
not like to do, but it must be done. If no one 
would do it, the whole house would soon be undesir- 
able. Likewise, if no one took a little time to 
provide for things like The Pilgrim , our spiritual 
house would also be undesirable. We all have time 
to do what we want. Let's all, young and old, be 
better helpers for the cause of Christ. 

— Everett Oyler 

COMPASSION: "Investing your time and energy to 

look out for the welfare of others." 

When you are sick and need help, who is willing 
to take care of you? Maybe you are sick all night 
but still mother is right there when you call for 
her. All good mothers have compassion for their 
children. The first time we find the word 
compassion in the Bible is when Pharoah's daughter 
found baby Moses in the little basket among the 
weeds in the water. She took the child and found 
someone to take care of him. She had compassion 
for the child and took care of his needs. 

In one of David's prayers he prayed, "But thou 
Lord, art a God full of compassion." 

The story of the prodigal son is full of love 
and compassion. After the young son had left home 
and wasted all his money, he realized his home was 
pretty good after all. So he started back home. 
His father saw him coming a long way off and ran 
and kissed him* Even though the son left home, his 
father had compassion on him. Isn't that the way 
Jesus is? Sometimes children and we big people do 
things that we know we shouldn't. It makes Jesus 
sad, but He still gives us all the many things we 
need. If it hadn't been for the love of Jesus, we 
would all be in a sad mess on this earth. When God 
looked down on this sinful earth, he had compassion 
on man. Therefore, he sent Jesus, so we could 
enjoy life. The Bible says we must have compassion 
one of another and love as brethren. If we would 
all do this, there would be no need for policemen, 
jails, or law books. — Everett Oyler 


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19201 Cherokee Rd. 
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VOL. 40 APRIL, 1993 NO. 4 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2:ti 


See the Saviour in the garden 
Agonizing, bowed in prayer. 
Not a soul to bear His burden. 
Not a heart His grief to share. 
Listen to His earnest pleading; 
Sweat as drops of blood I see. 
Oh I that prayer pr evaded heaven; 
And that prayer included me. 

See Him hated, scorned, derided, 

Thorns upon His sacred head. 

Meekly, with a heart of pity, 

No reviling word He said. 

Hear the mob demanding, shouting, 

"Crucify Him," let it be. 

Still His heart is filled with mercy, 

And that mercy reaches me. 

Now the cruel nails have pierced Him 

And upon the cross He hangs. 

Fiercest pain His body wracking, 

But the deepest of His pangs 

Is the stroke which justice tenders; 

Its demands He satisfies. 

Now He gives His life a ransom. 

Yes, for me, for me He dies. 

— Miriam J. Sauder 
from Spiritual Hymns 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $£.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover* 

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What does it take to make us believe in Jesus? 
Perhaps we are on guard to not believe everything 
we are told because there is much in the world that 
is not true* But when we experience something, no 
one can take it from us or make us doubt it. We 
meet new friends and believe what we hear of their 
welfare. We can tell others who they are and 
where they live. The resurrection of Jesus was not 
easy to believe — even by those who were there. Let 
us look into the experience of one who saw Him 

One of the Bible's most touching scenes is that 
of Jesus ' meeting Mary Magdalene at the tomb after 
His resurrection. Mary had been with Jesus 1 
company as "he went throughout every city and 
village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of 
the kingdom of God..." Mary was one of those who 
ministered to Jesus. Hers was a beautiful character! 
But Mary had not always been that way. Mark records 
it this way: "...he appeared first to Mary 
Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." 
She must have had a dreadful history and a 
miraculous deliverance. No wonder we find her at 
the tomb of Jesus weeping. We too would weep for 
One who had done so much for us. 

Mary was no doubt feeling the strain of the last 
twenty- four hours. She was likely among the 
company of women who followed Jesus as He carried 
His cross to Calvary. Helplessly, they "bewailed 
and lamented him" for the inhumane, cruel treatment 
He had received. He was soon to die on the cross 
which He bore on His whip-lacerated shoulders. 

Mary was there at the cross when Jesus committed 


the care of His mother to John. She heard His words 
of comfort to the repentant thief. She heard Him 
cry out, "It is finished I " and commend His spirit 
into the hands of the Father. She saw Him die. 

Mary had watched as Joseph and Nicodemas 
carefully took Jesus 1 body from the cross — pulled 
the nails, removed the thorns from His head, and 
wrapped His body in a clean linen cloth. She and 
"the other Mary" (Jesus 1 mother?) were sitting 
"over against the sepulchre" as Joseph laid it in 
his own new tomb which he had hewn out in the 
rock. She watched as he rolled a great stone to 

the door of the sepulchre and departed. 

Mary was with the other women who came early in 
the morning of the first day of the week "while it 
was yet dark" to anoint the body of Jesus with 
sweet spices which they had bought. They arrived 
at the tomb "at the rising of the sun" and wondered 
who would roll away that heavy stone at the door of 
the sepulchre. They found the stone rolled away 
and two angels announcing to them that Jesus had 
risen. "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He 
is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake 
unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The 
Son of man must be delivered into the hands of 
sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day 
rise again." Mark's account says, "And they went 
out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they 
trembled and were amazed; neither said they any 
thing to any man; for they were afraid." 

Evidently Mary ran to tell Peter. Peter and 
John hurried to the empty tomb where John was 
convinced of the resurrection from the evidence 
Jesus had left behind . Lazarus had come forth from 
the grave "bound hand and foot with graveclothes." 
But Jesus had left the linen clothes and the napkin, 
and John "saw and believed." Peter and John left 
for home — perhaps not knowing what else to do. 

Mary stayed there, and we find her weeping* No 
doubt the day was glorious with the spring beauty 


of grass and flowers. But her heart was broken as 
the One she loved so much was gone , and now even 
His body was missing. It was hard to believe what 
they had just heard — that Jesus had risen. 

John records that Mary looked into the sepulchre 
and saw two angels, one at the head and one at the 
feet where the body of Jesus had lain. They asked 
her why she was weeping. She answered, "Because 
they have taken away ray Lord, and I know not where 
they have laid him." 

Then she saw Jesus, but He must have been so 
changedlorthrough her tears) she could not recognize 
Him. "She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith 
unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell 
me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him 
away." What love shines out! Jesus simply called 
her name: "Mary." "Sl^ turned herself, and saith 
unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master." No 
doubt she would have "held him by the feet and 
worshipped him" as the women did who met Him 
later. But He said, "Touch me not; for I am not 
yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, 
and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and 
your Father; and to my God, and your God." 

We leave this touching scene and turn to our own 
experience. Is it hard for us to believe? My 
parents believed, and that helps me. But we too 
must believe for ourselves. We were not there. We 
did not see. But Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are 
they that have not seen, and yet have believed." 
When we see by faith the suffering Savior on the 
cross and experience forgiveness of our sins, then 
we can tell others who He is and that He is coming 
again. This testimony may not be believed. It is 
this unbelief that hinders the spread of the 
Gospel. Unbelievers should be ashamed while 
believers mourn that millions have not heard. Ours 
is to be faithful, to believe the record, and to 
tell what He has done for us and what He will do 
for all who believe. — L.C. 



What a positive exclamation! Joy floods our 
souls I Victory is without question! And the world 
fades away. 

Look out your window, point heavenward, and 
shout, "Look, ye saints! The sight is glorious !" 
See the reaction of others with you. Can't you 
almost actually see Jesus? Can't you see the 
bright light? Can't you "see the Man of Sorrows 
now"? I hope you can, because we must have 
glorious sight, and saints are the only people who 
have this sight. 

The title is perhaps a little misleading, 
because I want to write about confession; but 
hopefully you will see how they correspond. The 
confession we're studying means to reveal. 
Actually, I would define it as "to purge out an 
uncleanness from one ' s soul . " This could be many 
things. We purge our soul from its uncleanness 
when we come to Christ at our conversion from our 
basic sinfulness. We purge when we pray, when we 
confess to another person or spouse, when we 
confess to other people whom we have sinned 
against, and when we confess to an assembly we have 
sinned against. 

When do we confess? Whenever we have sinned. 
Whom we confess to depends on whom we have sinned 
against. It may be one person or it may be a whole 
assembly, or it may be both. (See I Kings 8:33-36; 
Psalms 32:5; Nehemiah 9:1-3; Daniel 9:20; Acts 
19:18; James 5:16; I Timothy 5:20.) 

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: 
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have 
mercy." (Proverbs 28:13) Notice that confession is 
not enough; it takes forsaking sin. Also if we 
cover up, or hide our sin, or pretend it never 
happened, we are held back from the fullness of 
Christ. John writes "...that your joy may be 


full." Cl John 1:4) That is our aim, our vision: 
remember, THE SIGHT IS GLORIOUS I We don't want to 
miss it! 

To have this sight we must be in the light, as 
He is in the light. Darkness has nothing to do 
with light. I like the way Darby describes it: 
"Remembering that in Him is no darkness at all, 
hence transparency is what will characterize the 
glory; and transparency is what must characterize 
the Christian in his pathway here as a saint, and 
transparency is what must characterize every 
company that is 'gathered together, 1 if the Lord's 
presence, (He who is light) is, with joy, to be 
realized as 'in the midst.' 1 Now let's get the 
full meaning of transparent: "having the property 
of transmitting rays of light through its substance 
so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be 
distinctly seen." 

Translucence describes many Christians: light 
passes through, but it is diffused so that objects 
beyond or behind are not seen distinctly. 

I think we can see why we need to purge our 
souls, but let's go further. As we look through I 
John 1, notice a few things. One is "Word of life" 
which we have so readily available to us there is 
really no good excuse for not knowing it well. 
Christ came that we might have life; and not just 
ordinary life, but "abundant life," (John 10:10) 
"eternal life." (I John 1:2) 

Another is "fellowship" in verse 3- Light and 
darkness have no fellowship, (v. 6-7) Translucency 
has no real fellowship; it is a strained one. 
Transparency is the only real fellowship we can 

have, for we are "transmitters of the light"; there 
is nothing to slow the light and dim it. 

Another is "that your joy may be full" in verse 
4. This goes along with fellowship: if our 
fellowship is full, then our joy is full. Joy is 
the reason we follow Jesus. The world offers no 
lasting joy, only temporary "joys" here and there 


with mostly heartache and emptiness. But in Christ 
our joy is so full we can shout, "Look, ye saints! 
The sight is glorious!" And we can sing 
"Hallelujah, what a Saviour!" 

Lastly, we come to "truth" in verse 8. We want 
truth. We want the truth of God, but God wants the 
truth of us as well. So John says, "If we confess 
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
(v. 9) Very simple. Very straightforward. 

How do we go about this? John says that we have 
an advocate with the Father. (I John 2:1) An 
advocate is "one called alongside," "to plead in 
favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend 
publicly." This is what Christ does for us. We 
don't do it on our own human strength; Christ is 
there beside us, supporting us. 

Christ is our "propitiation." (I John 2:2) He 
is "what appeases," He makes us "favorably 
inclined" to Him, and He is our "conciliate." 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book The Cost of 
Discipleship declares: "Confession is the God- 
given remedy for self-deception and self-indulgence. 
When we confess our sins before a brother-Christian, 
we are mortifying the pride of the flesh and 
delivering it up to shame and death through 
Christ. Then through the word of absolution we 
rise as new men, utterly dependent on the mercy of 
God. Confession is thus a genuine part of the life 
of the saints, and one of the gifts of grace. But 
if it is wrongly used, punishment is bound to 
ensue. In confession, the Christian is conformed 
to the death of Christ. 'When I admonish men to 
come to confession, I am simply urging them to be 
Christians. 1 (Luther, Great Catechism)" 2 

Read how Achan confesses to Joshua (7:19,20); 
David to Nathan (II Samuel 12:13); the prodigal son 
(Luke 15:18); the penitent thief on the cross 
beside Jesus. (Luke 23:39-43) 

What about forgiveness? Are we limiting our 


forgiveness? Are we being legalistic? Christ says 
that we should forgive from our hearts everyone who 
sins against us . (Matthew 18 : 35 ) There is a 
condition though. "If we confess our sins, he is 
faithful and just to forgive us our sins..." (I 
John 1:9) In Psalms: "For thou, Lord, art good, 
and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto 
all them that call upon thee ." (86:5) The 
condition is confess ; the reward is forgiveness. 
The other condition is forsake sin ; the reward is 
forgiveness, joy fulness, and eternal life. 

We should hastily add that we always need to 
have the spirit of forgiveness, as Christ did on 
the cross: Father, forgive them; for they know 
not what they do." (Luke 23:34) We instantly 
forgive in our heart; we verbally forgive when 
confession is made. 

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he 
shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet 
for the master ' s use, and prepared unto every good 
work." (II Timothy 2:21) Isn't this what we want? 
Doesn't this present a "glorious sight"? Let's let 
Christ get hold of us and let Him have His own 
way. Let Him mold us to His image. Let us be 
fully alive in Him. 

In conclusion, we know what we want; we want 
that "sight that is glorious"; we want our joy to 
be full; we want abundant, eternal life; we want 
Truth; and we want to be transparent — transmitting 
the light to those behind us, those beyond us, 
those beside us. Wherever you stand, don't just 
stand there, do something I Climb up to a higher 
plain, closer to our God, further away from the 
world (the spirit of this age.) 

Legalism should have no place in the Church of 
Christ as it only produces external Christians. 
Confession, as well as forgiveness, must come from 
the heart without being forced by others; it must 
be spontaneous. 


So, let's "mortify the pride of the flesh" and 
"confess (our) faults one to another, and pray one 
for another, that (we) may be healed." (James 
5:16) For we are all on the same level ("There is 
no difference." Romans 3:22) "For all have sinned, 
and come short of the glory of God; Being justified 
freely by His grace through the redemption that is 
in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a 
propitiation through faith in his blood..." (Romans 
3:23-25) We are all "prone to wander." This is 
part of the perfecting process, the "perfecting of 
the saints." (Ephesians 4:12) 

Our prayer is that we may be able to comprehend 
with all saints how wide, how long, how deep, and 
how tall; knowing the love of God which is beyond 
knowledge, which fills us with all the fullness of 
Christ. (Ephesians 3:18,19) 

I M 

Yes, we can surely shout, "Look ye saints I 
Look to Christ, "the sight is glorious!" Victory 
can be ours through "Christ who strengthens us." 

— Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 

J.N. Darby, quoted by Napoleon Noel, The History 

of the Brethren , "The Beginning of the Brethren, 

Chapter 1. Edited by William S. Knapp, printed in 

2 Dietrich Bonhoefer, The Cost of Discipleship , 
Macmillan Publishing Co., Collier Books, New York. 
Revised edition, page 325. 

I am becoming more convinced that the great 
majority of humanity's social ills are traceable to 
faulty homes. Unless the present trend is reversed, 
which I do not expect, we can only anticipate 
disaster. Furthermore, unless the church takes a 
positive, biblical position on the home, it will 
surely be swallowed up in the calamity. 

— Harold Royer (in a letter) 



"But the fruit of the Spirit is..., gentle- 
ness. .. "Galatians 5:22. To he gentle is to be 
generous and kind—not violent, harsh or rough. 

I'm sure there have always been many examples of 
gentleness around us all our lives, but we were 
especially made aware of it in a special way nearly 
21 years ago. It was at a time of our Love Feast 
when one of our families from the West was here. 
The father had labors over the meeting, and the 
mother was no doubt very tired from their traveling 
with several children. It impressed us so much to 
see such gentleness shown toward their younger 
children by their older children as they helped so 
nicely to care for tfyem over the meeting. Now, 
nearly 21 years later, I still see this gentleness 
so evident toward the little children and babies. 
It seems so much more gentle for the younger 
children to sit while supervised while holding 
babies. Now I see the next generation gentle with 
babies and small children. Never be ashamed of 
this, boys and young men, as this shows strength of 
character. Someone has been diligent in example 
and in teaching this fruit of the Spirit. 

Another way I see this gentleness is when older 
children take their small brother or sister by the 
hand and carefully and gently lead them to our dear 
aged sister for the mints she passes out to all who 
feel free to come to her after services each 
Sunday. Some of us sisters sit just behind her so 
we get to see these children and hear the quiet 
" thank -yous." Some of those very small children 
hold their small cupped hands out so patiently 
waiting until our sister sees them and gently holds 
their cupped hands while placing a few mints into 
them. It warms our hearts. 

Then we observe children in their homes where 
there is evidence of patient teaching and example 


in gentleness * There are those being taught by 

word and example not to "grab" toys from their 

little friends . Even more special is to see 

gentleness toward each other as brother and sister 

that they need to learn to get along with day in 

and day out. We see teaching of respect and 

gentleness with toys and books. We are living in a 

land of plenty, and I'm sure it is hard for 

children to realize how blessed they are with so 

many toys and books. This is where the parents can 

receive a blessing by continuing to teach them to 

be careful with what they have as being good 

stewards, even though a toy or book can be 

purchased very cheaply at our nice garage sales, at 

least here in the East. We always considered books 

as friends helping us to learn valuable lessons by 

reading good, moral, upbuilding stories about 

people, places, and things. We like to think of 

books up on a shelf not to be walked on or thrown 

around when not in use. Likewise, furniture is to 

be used for the purpose intended and not to be 

climbed on. (Hills and trees are for that.) When 

it is time to eat, we think of sitting at the table 

or in a high chair. As our voices should be 

gentle, not loud or boisterous, so should our homes 

be orderly. We are thankful for humble homes. A 

child that feels sorry and confesses he has torn a 

page out of a book or broken something has been or 

is being taught something valuable. 

We like to think of these children as the future 
church, laboring brethren and sisters, and future 
fathers and mothers. In Titus 3:2 Paul writes "To 
speak evil of no man, to be no brawler, but gentle, 
shewing all meekness to all men." 

May God be your constant guide as you gently 
lead these precious souls to Him and for His 
service is our prayer for all of you. 

— Betty Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 



The record we have of creation starts when God 
said, "Let there be light." We read the true Light 
lights every man that comes into the world. Every- 
one that loves the truth comes to this Light , but 
every one that loves evil hates this Light, and if 
he persists in this course, God gives him over to 
have a reprobate mind and lets him follow his choice. 


II Timothy 3:16,17; "All scripture is given by 
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, 
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in 
righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, 
throughly furnished unto all good works." So we 
understand the Bible is a record of the lives of 
men for a pattern for us. David freely expressed 
his feelings in psalms. He experienced about all 
the things we do: joy, sorrow, guilt, repentance, 
leaving us an example to follow. There are many 
others also. 


Galatians 3:24: "Wherefore the law was our 
schoolmaster to- bring us unto Christ that we might 
be justified by faith." So we see how important it 
is that we study the Bible and be willing to let 
the Spirit lead us into all truth. We may, in 
casual reading, think we find contradictions, but 
it is only a lack of understanding on our part. 
The Lord leads through many changes in life to help 
us understand His Word. The Lord has gathered all 
the information in the Bible for us to study, and 
with the Spirit to guide us, we can understand all 
we need to know. 


Psalm 103:3: "Who forgive th all thine 
iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases." ' Thus 
David speaks of the blood that God created in our 
bodies to give healing to every part as needed . We 
see many times how the blood shields and rebuilds 
small cuts and bruises. No doubt it works 
internally as well as on the surface. What a 
marvelous thing I We read of a plague in the world 
today, when this healing power is withheld, and 
doctors are helpless. 

We read that in the creation, God breathed into 
man's nostrils the breath of life, and man became a 
living soul. This earth is a very special place, 
with a life-sustaining blanket of air covering it. 
Men, in exploring the heavens, have found no other 
bodies with similar life-sustaining conditions. 
God made some changes at the time of the flood, in 
the way to water the earth. But our dependence on 
the life-giving air was not changed. 

— Ernest Wagner 


Again we, the members of the Eastern Congrega- 
tion, rejoiced that souls are still responding to 
the call of the Master. Suzanne Flora and Rhoda 
Coning received Christian baptism upon confession 
of their faith in Christ, March 14* May they be 
true to Jesus and enjoy the blessing of salvation 

— Melvin Coning 


COVER — A son, Ryan Michael, born March 20, to 
Peter and Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 



"So mighily grew the Word of God and prevailed. 
The nineteenth chapter of Acts is a great testimony 
to how the Word of God and the Holy Spirit can work 
in men's lives. The setting was Ephesus, a large 
city of around 200,000 people. 

Ephesus was a center of worship to the goddess 
Diana. The central attraction in Ephesus was a 
great temple built in her honor. It had taken over 
200 years to build and was a magnificent 
structure. Ephesus was also a great center of 
idolatry and sorcery. In fact, one of the city's 
main businesses was that of making and selling 
silver shrines for the goddess of Diana. 

It was in this city that the Apostle Paul came 
on his third missionary journey. Here he found 
only about a dozen believers who had heard nothing 
more about the gospel than the baptism of John. They 
gladly received the gospel f and the Holy Ghost fell 
upon all of them. Paul stayed in Ephesus for over 
two years, preaching and teaching the Word o£ God. 

His efforts were not in vain. The gospel of Jesus 
Christ had such an impact that many of the citizens 
of Ephesus believed, and burned their books of 
curious arts that were probably related to sorcery 
or witchcraft. This greatly distressed some of the 
silversmiths who made their living by making idols. 

These men then started a riot against Paul and 
the Christians. Soon the whole city was in an up- 
roar. The account says that most of the people 
didn't know what the uproar was about. They filled 
the main theatre in Ephesus and shouted "Great is 
Diana of the EphesiansJ" for about two hours. 

This is a good example of a group of people that 
were not controlled by the Holy Spirit. They were 
easily swayed into whatever the crowd around them 
was doing. We as Christians need to be certain to 
yield ourselves wholly to God and put His Word into 
practice in our lives. Then we can grow in the 
Word of God and prevail over sin in our own lives. 

— Eddie Wagner 



Learn to live a good life; it is better than medicine. 

Learn to know God; you will learn to know yourself. 

Learn to make few promises. 

Learn to always speak the truth. 

Learn to tolerantly understand your friend 1 3 faults. 

Learn to say things you won't regret you've said. 

Learn to let things lay that are not yours. 

Learn to value your time. 

Learn to keep good company or none. 

Learn to un-learn what you have learned amiss. 

Learn to know the teachings of Jesus. 

Learn to be honest, if you want to be happy. 

Learn to glory in the cross of Christ. 

Learn to make a resolution and keep it. 

Learn to look one in the eye when speaking to him. 

Learn to tend strictly to your business. 

Learn to say: "It was my fault." 

Learn to keep your ills and sorrows to yourself. 

Learn to greet your burdened friends with a smile. 

Learn to keep your own secrets if you have any. 

Learn to tell a story well — it cheers the sick. 

Learn to labor and to wait. 

Learn to be brief and plain when you speak. 

Learn the virtue of patience. 

Learn the art of doing kind and encouraging things. 

Learn the obligation of duty. 

Learn the powers of kindness. 

Learn the wisdom of economy. 

Learn the need of perseverance. 

Learn the nobility of labor. 

Learn the pleasure of serving. 

Learn the dignity of simplicity. 

Learn that good character is above everything else. 
Learn never to speak evil of anyone. 
Learn not to spend money for things you don't need. 
Learn to fall into Jesus' everlasting arms and rest, 

by Abe J. Unruh 


When men haven't heard of Jesus and live 
wickedly, they will do anything. There used to be 
wild men called cannibals. They would eat other 
humans. John G. Pa ton was a missionary that went 
to the South Sea Islands. He went to tell these 
"wild men" about the meek and mild Jesus. John and 
his wife had a little boy that loved these wild men. 
He did not know what it was to be afraid of them. 
One of the cannibals thought the dear little boy 
was a wonderful child and loved him dearly. These 
bad men could not be trusted. One day they 
surrounded the missionary's house intending to kill 
him. They circled the house waiting to capture 
him. Some way the little boy slipped out of the 
house and was dancing with joy around the 
cannibals. The parents were so frightened that 
they couldn't speak. How surprised they were to 
see their little boy throw his arms around one 
savage after another, kissing each one 
affectionately. At last the child leaned on the 
chief's knee, and in his pretty way scolded, him and 
his men for being "naughty, naughty." The frowning 
faces changed into smiling ones. One by one the 
wild men left. Their council of death was broken 
up. The love of this little one changed their 

As you grow up, always be as this little boy, 
and have love for everyone. Keep the love of Jesus 
in your hearts, and there will be no room for fear. 
— Adapted from Paths of Uprightness 
— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 MAY, 1993 No. 5 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peterzn 


for that flame of living fire, 
Which shone so bright in saints of old; 
Which bade their souls to heaven aspire — 
Calm in distress, in danger bold. 

Where is that Spirit, Lord, which dwelt 
In Abraham's breast, and sealed him Thine? 
Which made Paul's heart with sorrow melt, 
And glow with energy divine? 

That Spirit, which from age to age 
Proclaimed Thy love, and taught Thy ways? 
Brightened Isaiah's vivid page 
And breathed in David's hallowed lays? 

Is not Thy grace as mighty now 
As when Elijah felt its power: 
When glory beamed from Moses* brow; 
Or Job endured the trying hour? 

Remember, Lord, the ancient days; 
Renew Thy work; Thy grace restore; 
And while to Thee our hearts we raise, 
On us Thy Holy Spirit pour. 

— Author Unknown 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Organizations of the world have their structure 
of administration. Governments usually, either by- 
choice of the people or by assumption of power, 
have one man at the top. In most governments of 
the past, this ruler had absolute power. Now many 
of the leaders have powers defined and limited by a 
constitution. However, the Church of Jesus Christ 
has a different structure. God Himself is the 
absolute ruler with His Son Jesus Christ. His 
power is administered in the world by His Holy 

One of the worst faults of the Children of 
Israel in Old Testament times was their rejection 
of the rule of God and their clamoring for a king 
like the surrounding nations had. Though God 
granted their request, it was obviously not His 
will , and the prophets foretold a time when God * s 
kingdom would again be administered by God Himself. 

Review in your mind or reread the first six 
chapters of The Acts. Here the Lord is fulfilling 
His promise of Matthew 16 when He told His 
disciples, "...Upon this rock I will build my 
church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it." He has continued to build His church 
down through the ages. And though He has used many 
individuals mightily, both on record and behind the 
scenes, still it is His church and His work. We 
need to remember this when we meet in council and 
when we are puzzled about methods and leadership. 
God uses men and gives them gifts to carry out His 
will, but there is no king, governor, or supreme 
ruler but Jesus Christ and the Father administering 
the church by power of the Holy Spirit on earth. 
Hebrews 13 speaks of those men who "rule over you" 
but in the same verse it says they "must give 


account- ' All rule or authority of men is delegated 
from God and carries great responsibility. 

With this in mind, let us consider some of the 
things we know about this Holy Spirit of God who 
descended upon Jesus "in the bodily shape of a 
dove" and upon the church on Pentecost attended by 

wind, cloven tongues of fire, amd miraculous 
speaking in other tongues. Jesus had told His 
followers of this Comforter who would come and what 
He would do . ( John 16 : 7-15 ) In brief, He would 
reprove (or convince) the world of sin, and of 
righteousness, and of judgement; He would guide 
them into all truth; He would hear and speak, but 
not of Himself; He would show things to come; He 
would glorify Jesus. 

Again considering the first chapters of The 
Acts, we have to notice the staggering job of 
administration if it had been only by men. On the 
day of Pentecost there were 3000 added to the small 
120 of the original group. Daily there were more 
added to the church. Acts 4:4 gives the number of 
believers at 5000 men. Acts 5:14 tells of "more 
added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and 
women." Acts 6:7 says, "And the word of God 
increased; and the number of disciples multiplied 
in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the 
priests were obedient to the faith." 

This increase in numbers in the first few months 
is unequalled in records to my knowledge. We could 
certainly conclude that if this happened in our 
day, it would be attended by problems and questions 
and also contentions and diversity of opinions — 
unless, of course, the same conditions could 
somehow exist. 

The Holy Spirit is not limited in power, and God 
is still absolute Ruler. Jesus Christ is still 
Lord of His church. The part that seems so 
different in our day is the people. 

For one thing, these people were united 
unselfishly. We read of that first group (Acts 
4:32), "And the multitude of them that believed 


were of one heart and of one soul : neither said 
any of them that ought of the things which he 
possessed was his own; but they had all things 
common/ 1 To be honest we must admit that this 
would be difficult in our time without some changes 
in our thinking* I believe we are united to help 
one another, but may we improve and grow in these 

Another outstanding feature of the early church 
was their fearlessness in the face of persecution. 
They heard the threatening of the rulers and prayed 
for boldness to speak the Word and for God's 
attending healing and signs and wonders in the name 
of Jesus. God answered by shaking the building and 
filling them with the Holy Spirit. (Surely being 
"filled with the Holy Spirit" is the answer to the 
needs of our time as well as theirs.) They 
continued to preach the Word, incurred the wrath 
and persecution of the rulers, and rejoiced "that 
they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his 
name . " 

The third characteristic, and not the least 
vital one, is their obedience. They proclaimed 
before the rulers, "We ought to obey God rather 
than men," (Acts 5:29) Then in verse 32 they 
continued, "And we are his witnesses of these 
things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God 
hath given to them that obey him." 

The story is told of a young child who was 
playing in an unfamiliar place near a busy street. 
His ball rolled into the path of a car, and he ran 
to retrieve it. The adults, too far away to help, 
watched in horror. His mother shouted, "Teddy 
stop!" He stopped instantly; he had been taught to 

obey. It saved his life. 

In another story, the parents gave a young boy a 
pocket watch because he had been so obedient and 
helpful. When it was revealed later that the child 
really had been disobedient when his parents were 
not watching, they took away the watch. It was a 
bitter lesson for the boy who prized the watch so 
i ■■ ?hlT. Our obedience needs • r be instant and 


wholehearted. We need to know and obey Hia Word 
and be willingly led by His Spirit. Again, we have 
been taught these things, and may we grow in them. 

There are many other outstanding qualities of 
the early church. But we need to remember that God 
is the same today. His church on earth, divided 
into denominations as we are, still has the same 
power of the Holy Spirit available. His people 
have the same opportunity to be obedient, fearless, 
and selflessly united. We can be filled with His 
Spirit and truly be His people, and He will be our 
God. — L.C. 

More on our jury duty question from February; 

We believe in the separation of Church and 
State. With the coming of the New Testament era at 
the time of Christ, God made a change on the 
administration of human affairs. The Old Testament 
codes and laws of government were changed by the 
teachings and life of Jesus and the institution of 
the Christian Church. In this New Testament 
era — our day--we now are not to be involved in 
civil government but have a very important work to 
do within the framework of our citizenship in 
whatever country we are living. That work is to 
follow the example of Jesus Christ and His apostles 
as recorded in the New Testament. The work of 
Jesus was, simply stated: "Going about doing good," 
— saving men and women by preaching the Gospel and 
by living a holy, separated life. 

The true Church is following Jesus and His New 
Testament. Jesus said, "The Son of Man is come to 
seek and to save that which is lost." He gave His 
life to redeem mankind, and now those redeemed ones 
(the Church) are called "ambassadors for Christ." 
The Church has a message of salvation, not a 
message of condemnation or civil justice. 


The State on the other hand is ordained of God 
to execute wrath upon them that do evil. The State 
is a minister of God and is a terror to the evil. 
Justice and punishment are right and good in the 
hands of good officials. The State cannot operate 
by the principles of the New Testament love, and 
neither can the Church operate by committing offend- 
ers to prisons or putting to death those who deserve 
it. The State can and should mete out punishments 
but the Church is not called to this work. 

We, as Christians, are forbidden to go to law 
with another and neither do we judge them that are 
outside the Church. See I Cor. 6 and 5:12. We can 
not take part in condemning a person. Jesus said, 
"Judge not..." "My kingdom is not of this world." 

Christians are also forbidden to swear, therefore 
we would find ourselves in an awkward and impossible 
situation if we were to respond to the call to jury 
duty. We could not take the oath. This alone 
would disqualify us. As followers of Jesus, we 
always tell the truth. For an honest person, 
swearing by God to witness the truth is , absurd. 
The truth and a jealousy for the truth and honesty 
are in the heart of the Christian. 

Jesus , by a good example , refused to become 
involved in settling a dispute over an inheritance 
shared by brothers. Luke 12:13-14. If He didn't 
become involved as a lawyer, or judge, or juror, 
why should we? 

It is also note worthy that no where in the New 
Testament are there instructions on how to serve in 
political office, in lawsuits, in trials, etc. 
etc. We have instructions clearly outlined what to 
do when sin enters the Church but nothing o*n how to 
deal, in civil court, with a traffic violater, a 
political scandal, a drug addict, a drunkard, a 
thief, an extortioner, a prostitute, or a murderer. 

We are commanded in the New Testament to obey 
the laws of the land, to pay our taxes, to pray for 
our rulers. We are to "have a good report of them 


that are without. " We are to "honor the king . " 
This would include all those who serve in civil 

As Christians, we do not expect every one to 
understand our beliefs in this matter. We do 
appreciate living in a free land where Christians 
are able to follow their consciences. America was 
established upon the principle of separation of 
Church and State. We do appreciate when the lines 
of separation are kept in sharp focus. When these 
lines become hazy and blurred, then the pure Church 
is stained, and she suffers; and the strong country 
becomes weak before her enemies, decaying, rotting 
from within. A good example of this in modern life 
is when so called "Christian" politicians and 
judges preach and exercise their doctrines of love 
to obvious offenders and dangerous citizens I 

God's plan for a pure Church cannot be improved 
upon. She is a haven for the righteous, a "light 
to the world" and a "salt to the earth." God's 
plan for the governments cannot be improved upon. 
They will prosper under the blessing of God as they 
remain in their sphere and do their work well. The 
strong moral fiber will restrain and contain evil. 

When we (the Church) get out of our place and 
sphere, trying to help operate the affairs of the 
State, the government suffers and so do we I When 
State officials get out of their places and sphere, 
trying to operate the Church, we suffer and so do 
theyi — A statement to the District Court seeking 
exemption from jury duty. 

— Aden Gingerich 

Farmington, New Mexico 


An English farmer was one day at work in his 
fields, when he saw a party of huntsman riding 
about his farm. He had one field that he was 
specially anxious they should not ride over, as the 
crop was in a condition to be badly injured by the 


tramp of horses. So he dispatched one of his boys 
to this field, telling him to shut the gate, and 
then keep watch over it, and on no account, to 
suffer it to be opened. The boy went as he was 
bidden, but was scarcely at his post before the 
huntsmen came up, peremptorily ordering the gate to 
be opened. This the boy declined to do, stating 
the orders he had received, and his determination 
not to disobey them. Threats and bribes were 
offered, alike in vain. One after another came 
forward as spokesman, but all with the same result; 
the boy remained immovable in his determination not 
to open the gate. After a while, one of noble 
presence advanced, and said in commanding tones, 
"My boy, do you know me? I am the Duke of 
Wellington, one not accustomed to being disobeyed; 
and I command you to open that gate, that I and my 
friends may pass through." The boy lifted his cap 
and stood uncovered before the man whom all England 
delighted to honor, then answered firmly, "I am 
sure the Duke of Wellington would not wish me to 
disobey orders. I must keep this gate shut, nor 
suffer any one to pass but with my master's express 
permission. •' 

Greatly pleased, the sturdy old warrior lifted 
his own hat, and said, "I honor the man or boy who 
can be neither bribed or frightened into doing 
wrong. With an army of such soldiers I could 

conquer not only the French but the world." And 
handing the boy a glittering sovereign, the old 
duke put spurs to his horse and galloped away while 
the boy ran off to his work shouting at the top of 
his vioce, "Hurrah, hurrah! I've done what 
Napoleon couldn't do — I've kept out the Duke of 

Every boy is a gate-keeper, and his Master's 
command is, "Be thou faithful unto death." Are you 
tempted to drink, to smoke, or chew tobacco? Keep 
the gate of your mouth fast closed, and allow no 
evil company to enter. When evil companions would 
counsel you to break the Sabbath, to lie, to deal 


falsely, or disobey your parents, keep the gate of 
your ears shut against such enticements, and when 
the bold blasphemer would instil doubts of the 
great truths of Revelation, then keep the door of 
your heart locked and barred against his infamous 
suggestions, remembering that it is only the fool 
"who hath said in his heart, there is no God." 
— Submitted by David Skiles 

From the WEEKLY PILGRIM, March 29, 1872 


Her prayer for a child 

Who has fallen away 
Is heard by the Father 

And answered today. 

His mother moves to touch 
A heart scarred by sin 

To bring back the mem'ry 
Of mother again. 

And slowly this heart, 

Though hardened by wrong, 

Remembers a mother 

Whose love is still strong. 

With the love of a mother 
One more mem'ry comes 

That of a Savior 

Whose unending love 

Drove Him to Calvary 

To die for our sin 
That we through His mercy 

Might be righteous again. 

A sinner repents, 

A child is restored, 

The prayer of a mother 

Has been heard by the Lord. 


Great buildings will crumble 
And kingdoms will fall, 

But the prayer of a mother 
Will last through it all. 

For no feat of man 

Can ever compare 
To the change that is wrought 

By one mother's prayer. 

— Eddie Wagner 



Hebrews 12:15: "...My son, despise not thou the 
chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art 
rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth He 
chasteneth, and scourge th every son whom he 
receive th." So we need to accept any position the 
Lord places us in, and be willing to learn lessons 
He wants to teach us. "For He will not lay upon 
man more than right that he should enter into 
judgement with God." 


I Timothy 2:1: "I exhort therefore, that, first 
of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and 
giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings 
and for all that are in authority; that we may lead 
a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and 
honesty." We are living in a very ungodly time 
when those seeking government positions do not dare 
to mention any dependence on God, for fear of 
offending the majority of voters who seek to forget 
God and think any good comes from their own 
personal ability. 



Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of 
the dust of the ground, and breathed into his 
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a 
living soul." I suppose every man feels this 
presence within, and feels the need to worship 
something greater than self. If they reject God, 
they make idols of wood, stone, precious metals, 
beasts, fowls, great men, or whatever they praise 
most highly, or even themselves. 


Matthew 21:22: "And all things, whatsoever ye 
shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive," 
So we have to confess how weak our faith is, and 
ask for more faith. We cannot excuse ourselves by 
saying Jesus meant something different than He said 
about moving mountains or trees. The Apostles 
lacked faith to believe when Jesus told them of His 
death and resurrection. We surely need more faith. 


As long as a person, nation, or people will 
receive correction, there is hope. The Lord has no 
pleasure in the punishment of the wicked, but only 
that they should repent and return unto Him. In 
Amos 4, we find a list of things the Lord used to 
cause the Jews to return to Him. So I believe we 
can expect the same in our time. 


Galatians 3:24: "Wherefore, the law was our 

schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might 

be justified by faith. So we see our living here 

is to learn to have faith and obedience in Christ 

Jesus. — Ernest Wagner 



The martyrs torn on rack and wheel 
The pain and suffering seldom did feel. 
For more than once was testified 
"The Lord was always by my side." 

"Never once did He let me down; 

It is through Him I bear the frowns, 

The beatings, the threatenings, and torturings too; 

And always Christ has seen me through." 

In all these trials steadfast they stood, 
Ne'er shirking truth, and right, and good; 
For watch within his heart did hold 
A vision of home in God's own fold. 

And how can we do any less 
Than maintain the truth our Lord to bless, 
For while we're not with tortures wracked, 
The witness of God is being attacked. 

For Satan will never abandon the fight 

In attacking God's children, and smearing what's 

right , 
For while there is a breath left in him, 
He'll do his best our souls to condemn. 

So Qui Right on, put our hands to the work; 
Let us banish the darkness where Satan does lurk. 
Illumined with love, God's standard to raise; 
Give our hearts as an offering, and lift our voices 

in praise. 

— Benjamin A. Cover 

Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it 

with others. 

—The Christian School Builder 



When all the virtues of the Spirit accompany 
each other, the fruit of the Spirit is most 
effective. It would he difficult for one fruit to 
be very effective without the others. Love is such 
a basic fruit , but without the other fruits it 
couldn't be defined. 

Different fruits of the Spirit have their 
special time and place to be exercised in. May we 
be knowledgeable as to how and when to use them. 

Gentleness is a jewel, and has quenched many 
fires before they got out of control. 

Gentleness is a language understood by all 
people. It is an attribute of God. 

Gentleness is repulsive to the enemy of God. He 
would define gentleness as cowardice, weakness, 
shirking one's duty. Gentleness is a defense that 
helps us stay out of our enemy's camp. 

Gentleness defined by truth is strength that 
overpowers the natural impulses of the flesh, and 
can only be given by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 
18:35: "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy 
salvation, and thy right hand hath holden me up, 
and thy gentleness hath made me great." 

— Kenneth Martin 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church 
will be held, the Lord willing, on May 28, 29, and 
30 at the Salida, California, meeting house. Friday 
will be council day; on Saturday and Sunday 
(Pentecost), there will be public preaching; and on 
Saturday evening, the Communion service. A hearty 
invitation and welcome is extended to all our 
members and friends to attend. 

--Joseph L. Cover 


What is peace? The dictionary says peace is an 
undisturbed state of mind; an absence of mental 
conflict; serenity. Who does not long for peace? 
The peace I am thinking of is described in 
Philippians 4:7: "And the peace of God, which 
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts 
and minds through Christ Jesus." The struggle for 
peace is not always easy, but once the victory is 
gained, it is something we never want to loose. 

Luke 19:38 mentions "peace in heaven." Heaven 
is a peaceful Kingdom. Revelation 14:9-10 shows 
that there is a place where peace does not reign. 
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a 
loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his 
image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in 
his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the 
wrath of God, which is poured ouT without mixture 
into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be 
tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence 
of the holy angels, and in the presence of the 
Lamb." Do we want God's strong wrath, without 
dilution, to be poured on us? Do we want to endure 
the fire of hell? Jesus is the only way to true 
peace. To Him, we must give our all. The Lord is 
willing to help us gain peace, but we must submit 
totally to Him. 

Romans 14:19 says, "Let us therefore follow 
after the things which make for peace, and things 
wherewith one may edify another. " If we are at 
peace with God, we will easily have peace with 
God's family. Peace begins with our Lord who 
willingly gave Himself to die upon the cross for 
our sins. Jesus had peace when He said, "...never- 
theless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 
22:42. Even after He said that, , Jesus still 
struggled. He prayed in agony and "sweat as it 
were great drops of blood" fell to the ground, but 
victory came. May we all follow His perfect example 
and say, "Thy will be done." We need to crucify 


self in order to obtain the perfect peace. Gal. 5:22 
includes peace as a fruit of the Spirit. May we all 
find the peace that will illuminate our lives and 
help us shine forth for our blessed Lord. "Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your 
good works, and glorify your Father which is in 
heaven." Matthew 5:16. 

— Liana Huffman 


In this chapter Paul journeyed into Macedonia. 
From there he went to Corinth in Greece, where he 
spent three months. As Paul prepared to sail to 
Syria, he was warned that the Jews lay wait to kill 
him, so he decided to go back up through Macedonia 
to Troas. At Troas, Paul preached to the disciples 
until late into the night. While he was preaching 
there was a young man by the name of Eutychus who 
was sitting in the window of the upper room when he 
went to sleep, causing him to fall out the window. 
The fall out the window was fatal to the young 
man. He was said to be dead. But when Paul had 
stretched himself out on the man he told the people 
not to fear, for the man's life was in him. After 
Eutychus was raised, many people were comforted. 
Then Paul ate with the disciples, and in the early 
morning hours he departed and headed to Miletus. 
While Paul was at Miletus he called for the 
Ephesian elders. He told them about how from the 
first time he set foot in Asia he had served the 
Lord with humility, and had kept nothing from them, 
and how he had taught the Jews and also the 
Greeks . He told them that they would see him no 
more, and that they should watch the church because 
of wolves that are going to enter the church. The 
elders became very sorrowful for the words he spoke 
about seeing him no more. 

— Ray Davis 


Several months ago we were helping someone 
move. It was dark and our little granddaughter 
stood looking out the door. Finally she said, "I 
want to go outside, but I have nobody to go with 
me." Her daddy picked her up and took her out with 
him. Little Courtney was afraid to be alone in the 
dark. How thankful we are that children have 
daddies that love them and take time to comfort 

One time when Jesus was healing the sick, there 
was a great crowd of people around Him. Jesus no 
doubt was tired. He told His disciples to get in a 
boat with Him. There in a boat they were resting 
with no one else around. Jesus was asleep. There 
came a great storm. The wind blew and the waves 
were so big that they covered the boat. These 
grown men were afraid. Big men get afraid too, 
(not just children.) Probably their first thoughts 
were — we are all alone. Then they remembered 
Jesus. They awoke Him and said, "Lord, we 
perish." Jesus answered, "Why are you afraid, oh 
ye of little faith?" Jesus arose and rebuked the 
winds and the sea. There was a great calm. 

Children, many times in your young life you are 
troubled. You are like the disciples on the sea. 
The waves of trouble sometimes about get you down. 
Talk to your parents about your problems. They 
want to hear what is bothering you. When you talk 
to them you will also experience a great calm in 
your life. Little Courtney told her parents what 
was bothering her. Her daddy calmed her troubled 

— Everett Qyler 


Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 JUNE, 1993 No. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ii 


Our thanks, God, for fathers 
Who follow in Thy way, 

And who, with glad and trusting hearts, 
Exalt Thee every day. 

Our thanks, God, for fathers 
Who show, by word and deed, 
Commitment to Thy will and plan, 
And Thy commandments heed. 

Our thanks, God, for fathers 
Who meet Thee oft in prayer, 
And who, for all life's toil and care, 
Find strength and wisdom there. 

How blessed are the children 

Who in their fathers see 

The tender Father-love of God, 

And find their way to Thee. 

— Lois S. Johnson, 1925 

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I have a tractor, a good old Ford, that is just 
about right for my small farming needs. But it 
seems to wear out in its many parts and requires 
continual maintenance and repair* We are hard on 
this tractor, sometimes trying to do jobs too large 
for it, like pulling brush and stumps. It runs 
well and fills its place if it is maintained 
properly and treated right. 

Sometimes I feel that I am a little like this 
old Ford tractor. There are similarities but also 
some important differences. 

God has made His people for good purposes. We 
are neither small like a mouse nor unwieldy like an 
elephant. We are given minds to reason and learn, 
and hands to work, feet to run, eyes to see, ears 
to hear, etc. Like the tractor we were created to 
be useful and productive. 

Also, like the tractor, we need maintenance and 
repair or renewal. But the way this comes about is 
one of the differences. Machinery wears out with 
use. There is some deterioration with disuse, but, 
in general, the tractor doesn't wear out with 
idleness. People, on the other hand, experience 
great deterioration in idleness. A living thing 
improves as it does the things it id made to do. 
Inactivity results in decay. This is true 
physically and spiritually, too. A muscle 
exercised well and nourished properly only grows 
stronger with use. In our spiritual life we also 
grow stronger as we exercise. As we commune with 
God and honor our Lord Jesus, the bond becomes 
dearer and stronger. As we study the Word our 
capacities expand. As we exercise in witnessing 
and praying, these "skills" or gifts strengthen and 
sharpen. As we partake and feed on Jesus and His 
Word, we become healthy and prosperous spiritually. 

If we neglect the very activities for which we 


were created, we can expect to deteriorate. What 
can be done when this happens? Is there some 
spiritual equivalent of the repair shop with its 
master mechanics that can put an old tractor into 
efficient operation by an overhaul? 

Ephesians 4:23 says, "And be renewed in the 
spirit of your mind." Paul tells how this is 
done--by putting off the old man — the works of the 
flesh — and putting on the new man. V. 24: "And 
that ye put on the new man, which after God is 
created in righteousness and true holiness." Much 
of the New Testament — especially the epistles — tell 
how we can be exercised, strengthened, amd renewed 
in our Christian lives. 

In a tractor, dirt can get into bearings, poor 
fuel or oil can hinder efficient operation, or 
other physical damage can result from careless- 
ness. In the Christian life we can become 
contaminated by the works of the flesh and hindered 
by impure food, (worthless reading? poor entertain- 
ment? idle thoughts? unholy friendships?) Satan 
will sabotage the Christian operation if he can, 
whether it be in the work of the church or the 
individual life. 

A tractor in poor repair is not ready to use. 
Just when you need it, it is unavailable. A 
Christian, living in God's will, is ready to be 
used. When God knows a person in need of a 
testimony or in need of encouragement, would He 
send that person to me? Are we in good repair and 
"meet for the master's use"? (See II Timothy 
2:19-26) God uses those who are prepared. 

A brother reminded me recently that each 
generation needs revival. How true I We must not, 
cannot, rely on the accomplishments of our fathers. 
In each generation we need new commitment. The 
fruit of the Spirit must be ours. We must believe 
for ourselves the foundation values and doctrines 
the Lord gave and the Holy Spirit has taught through 
the church in past ages. 

Our bodies wear out like an old tractor. But 


when we are born again, we begin a life that grows 
toward perfection. II Corinthians 4-' 16: "For which 
cause we faint not; but though our outward man 
perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." 
As a tractor rolls from the assembly line, it is at 
its best. But the new Christian gets better. God 
the Creator is also the Master Mechanic who 
perfects us and causes us to grow. A tractor is 
not alive. But Christians are alive in Christ, and 
that is the greatest difference. Thanks be to God 
for His divine operation in our lives I 

The old tractor sputtered and stopped. 
What could the problem be? 
Spark plugs? carburetor? fuel line? gas? 
If I could only see. 

I'd not maintained it as I should; 

No wonder it has quit. 

Now I must ask someone who knows. 

What is the matter with it? 

What about our Christian life? 

Have we maintained it well? 

Has it stalled when we needed it most? 

How is it that we fell? 

Are we in shape for God to use? 
Or do we need repair? 
Would God send needy souls to us? 
Could we our blessings share? 

One there is who knows our plight 
The Creator of earth and sky 
Call on Him; He is the light. 
He knows the reason why. 

To God be glory for our health; 

He made us and knows our frame. 

He will repair, renew, and heal. 

When we call on His Holy name. — L.C. 



In John 10:7, Jesus had just finished His 
parable and said again, "Verily, verily, I say unto 
you, I am the door of the sheep." Just what did 
Jesus mean when He spoke the parable in John 10:1-5? 
Verse six says, "This parable spake Jesus unto 
them; but they understood not what things they were 
which he spake unto them." In order to more fully 
understand the words Jesus was speaking about His 
being the door, we need to realize why there needed 
to be a door in the first place. Now a door is 
always a means of entrance into an area closed off 
from the outside of the place beyond the doorway, 
or entrance into the inner area. We need to first 
understand man's problem of sin and lost condition 
and the remedy for it. It is also important to 
understand the Tabernacle service given to the 
Israelites. First we will go to the problem of sin 
and its results. 

In Genesis, chapters one and two give us 
knowledge of creation and God's placing man in a 
garden at a place called Eden. In that garden were 
many trees, and I believe it was more beautiful 
than we can imagine today, as we live in a world 
marred by sin. In this very perfect creation were 
placed two trees important above all the others: 
the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of 
good and evil. God told Adam and Eve they could 
eat of all the trees of the garden except one, the 
tree of knowledge of good and evil. (See Genesis 
2:9) These two special trees, I believe, were side 
by side in the very center of the garden or "the 
midst." In verse 16 God said to man, "And the Lord 
God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the 
garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of 
the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat 
of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou 
shalt surely die." Adam and Eve did exactly what 
God told them not to do. They chose to eat of the 


tree, the only tree in the whole beautiful garden 
that was plainly commanded not to eat of, and God 
said the results would be death. The results of 
that sin also marred the whole creation- The earth 
now brings forth briers and thistles, and we have 
to earn our living by hard labor and sweat until 
death finally does come to us all. - See Genesis 
3: 17-19* Then we return back to the dust of the 
ground from which God made us. Now see what God 
said in Genesis 3:22-24, "And the Lord God said, 
Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know 
good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his 
hand , and take also of the tree of life , and eat , 
and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him 
forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground 
from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; 
and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden 
Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every 
way, to keep the way of the tree of life. ,f How 
hopeless! Man was now separated from being able to 
eat of the tree of life and live forever. He only 
had one thing in his fallen condition to look 
forward to: death. But, praise God, Jesus was the 
door or entrance to coming back to partake of the 
tree of life. How thankful we can be God drove man 
out of the Garden of Eden and set a barrier to the 
tree of life so we could never have eternal life in 
a fallen, sinful condition. 

Now the tabernacle service as explained in 
various places in Hebrews: The Book of Exodus 
chapters 25, 26, and 27 describe all the details of 
the tabernacle God told Moses to build with all the 
instruments. Chapters 28, 29, and 30 give details 
of the priests and their services. We can not now 
explain all the parts or meaning of the tabernacle 
God told Moses to build or all the meanings of 
perfumes, incense, curtains, colors, gold, etc. 
Each and every thing represented a specific 
spiritual meaning or service to God. God plainly 
told Moses to build according to the pattern shown 
him. This was very important. (See Hebrews 8:5 •) 


This was so that no spiritual meaning or type would 
be left out. The important points to cover at this 
time are the services of the priest daily and the 
services of the high priest, as once each year he 
entered the most holy place into the inner veil or 
holiest of holies within the second veil. The 
priests went daily into the first portion through 
the first veil or curtain into the holy place with 
blood for an offering for sins. (See Hebrews 
9:6.) "Now when these things were thus ordained, 
the priests went always into the first tabernacle, 
accomplishing the service of God. " This is to 
represent each and every true believer of God going 
to God in prayer by faith in the shed blood of 
Jesus Christ for an offering for our sins. Each 
believer is now a priest to God and can come with 
the blood of Christ for forgiveness of sins. Ve no 
longer need a priest on earth over us. (See 
Revelation 1:6 and 5:10.) The first veil the 
priests entered through was a curtain to separate 
them from the outer world. He entered into this 
holy place, representing us as true believers 
separating ourselves from the world as we come to 
God with the blood of Christ. Hebrews 9:7: "But 
into the second went the high priest alone once 
every year, not without blood, which he offered for 
himself, and for the errors of the people." 
Especially notice verse 8 now, as it is the key 
verse to understanding: "The Holy Ghost this 
signifying, that the way into the holiest of all 
was not yet made manifest, while as the first 
tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure 
for the time then present..." Notice it was only 
the high priest that could ever enter through the 
second veil into the place called the holiest of 
all. This inner place was so sacred it was closed 
at all times to all except once a year to the high 
priest. If anyone would as much as part the 
curtain and look inside he would die. This also 
applied to the high priest except once a year, when 
he was to enter with blood first for his own sins 


and the people s. Now we need to go back to John 
10:2 which is the key verse here. Notice Jesus 1 
words: "But he that entereth in by the door is the 
shepherd of sheep." What does He mean? Simply 
exactly what He says. He is saying the One 
entering the door is the true Shepherd of the Sheep 
meaning Himself. Jesus is the true Shepherd; we 
are His sheep. See John 10 verses 11 and 14 • He 
then must enter a door, an access into the holiest 
of holies. When Jesus was crucified on Calvary, 
many miracles happened. The most important one to 
notice at this time is recorded in Matthew 27:50,51: 
"Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, 
yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the 
temple was rent in twain from the top to the 
bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks 
rent." What marvelous power of God was represented 
here! The most holy place was now plainly in view 
for the whole world to look into. That inner veil 
or curtain was torn wide open. This veil that 
separated all the world from the most holy place 
represented Jesus Christ f s flesh, and the holiest of 
holies within represents heaven itself where God's 
throne is. The high priest entering once a year 
represents Jesus entering into heaven for us. The 
high priest entered with the blood of a lamb. 
Jesus entered by His own blood being a high priest 
forever for us. See Hebrews 10:19-25? especially 
notice verse 20. Jesus entered through the veil of 
His flesh. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness 
to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by 
a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for 
us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And 
having an high priest over the house of God; Let us 
draw near with a true heart in full assurance of 
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith 
without wavering; (for he is faithful that 
promised;) And let us consider one another to 
provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking 


the assembling of ourselves together, as the mariner 
of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much 
the more, as ye see the day approaching." Just the 
night before Jesus was crucified, He went to the 
garden of Gethsemane in earnest prayer, pleading 
with the Heavenly Father that if there would be any 
way that He might grant it, and so spare Jesus from 
His sacrifice of body and His shed blood. There 
was no other way, and Jesus was willing to bear 
anything to do the Father's will. Praise God for 
His mighty work at that hour when Jesus entered 
through the veil of His flesh, the veil of the 
temple was torn open, and at last a way into heaven 
was opened that we could enter into heaven itself 
to partake of the tree of life and live forever. 
(See Revelation 22:1-5-) Heaven's gates would have 
ever been closed if Jesus hadn't entered through 
the door of His flesh. This is why He said in John 
10:2, "But he that entereth in by the door is the 
Shepherd of the sheep." John 10:2 says if we try 
any other way we are a thief; robbing Jesus of His 
great sacrifice He made for us that day at Calvary. 
Prior to that day no one had ever entered heaven, 
no not even Enoch or Elijah. See John 3:13: "And 
no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came 
down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in 
heaven." No, Enoch and Elijah never went to the 
third heaven, to God's throne, as the Scriptures do 
plainly show the way was not yet opened so long as 
the first tabernacle was yet standing. (See 
Hebrews 9:8.) Jesus opened heaven ' s gate and 
entered in to make intercession for us. The way is 
now open to all who receive Him by faith. His 
promises are sure, and He is soon coming again to 
gather His sheep. Hebrew 4:14-16: "Seeing then 
that we have a great high priest, that is passed 
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold 
fast our profession. For we have not an high 
priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of 
our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like 


as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come 
boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain 
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." 

We can only enter in by faith in His broken body 
and shed blood. Please trust this and nothing 
else. There is no other way. He has opened the 
door and we can enter in to take of the tree of 
life and live forever. See Revelation 2:7- 

— Alvin Wray, Pomona, Kansas 


We of the California congregation were happy to 
have Mark and Betsy Brown unite with us by 
Christian baptism on Sunday, May 2. May they 
faithfully serve our Savior all their lives. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

Mark and Betsy Brown 20163 Crystal Falls Drive 

Sonora, CA. 95370 
(209) 533-8979 


MOORE—BOONE Richard Moore and Elizabeth Boone 
were married May 1, at Rocky Mount, Virginia. 

WAGNER — NOECKER David Wagner and Mona Noecker, 
were married May 22, at Gettysburg, Ohio. 


CRAWMER — A son, Jason Eli, born April 28, to 
Chris and Jill Crawmer of Tuolumne, California. 

MARTIN — A son, Konrad John, born May 5, to 
Jonathan and Lisa Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BAKER — A daughter, Julie Elizabeth, born May 17 
to David and Amanda Baker of Maple, Ontario. 



1. Recently I asked our two year old daughter 
if she could say, "I love you, Mama-" She didn't 
say anything , but came to me, put her arms around 
my neck, and gave me a hug and a kiss. 

2. The Samaritan man came upon a wounded man 
lying by the roadside. He bound up his wounds, 
took him to an inn, and left money for his further 
care. (Luke 10:30-37) 

3- For God so loved the world that He gave His 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Hira 
should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 

4- When someone in the church or community is 
sick or dies, people help clean the family's home, 
bring food for meals, write cards and letters, and 
visit the family. 

5. "Having loved His own who were in the world, 
He now showed them the full extent of His love," 
After the meal, Jesus wrapped a towel around his 
waist, poured water into a basin, and washed His 
disciples' feet. (John 13:1-17 NIV) 

What do all of the above examples have in 
common? They were "showing by doing" or putting 
love into action, were they not? 

It is easy to be concerned for someone, giving 
their situation some thought, and maybe even 

thinking to pray for them; but do they have any 
evidence that we care? Writing a letter, making a 
phone call, or paying a visit should not present 
too great a hardship for us, should it? If we wait 
until we can make an eloquent speech or write 
without error, chances are, people will never know 
that we care. When someone is sorrowing, lonely, 
and/or discouraged, it doesn ' t take big 
demonstrations to show that we care; just little 
things that we're all capable of. Let's put "feet 
on our love." 

"Let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but 
in deed and in truth." (I John 3:18) 

— liiva Royer 




Matthew 21:21,22: "Verily I say unto you, If ye 
have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do 
this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye 
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and 
be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. "And 
all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, 
believing, ye shall receive." So we see how 
willing Jesus is to help us, if we only want to do 
His will. 


Ecclesiastes 7:14: "On the day of prosperity be 
joyful, but on the day of adversity consider: God 
also hath set the one over against the other to the 
end that man should find nothing after him. " So we 
see by the daily news from all over the world, that 
God is working intentionally and privately with man 
to restrain man from pride and self conceit, by 
war, drought, floods, earthquakes, and many more 
problems, to make man realize his weakness, and 
dependance on Him. 


In the 13th chapter of Mark, Jesus told of many 
things that would take place before His return. 
also in many other Scriptures we are warned to 
watch and prepare to meet Him, when He comes. The 
news and radio bring many reports of war, famine, 
pestilences, earthquakes, as He foretold. So we 
should be awake and watching for His return. 

— Ernest Wagner 



Fruit bearing that brings honor and glory to God 
is an act that reveals the character of God. It is 
proof that the Holy Spirit is in control of the 
will of man. 

It is only by the Holy Spirit that we are able 
to discern God's nature and imitate His life. 

Goodness is a visual testimony and a testimony 
against this world. I Peter 2:12 says, "Having 
your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, 
whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they 
may by your good works, which they shall behold , 
glorify God in the day of visitation." Matthew 
5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, and glorify your 
Father which is in heaven." The onlookers of the 
early church were puzzled when the Christians 
treated enemy and friend the same. 

Goodness makes us different from the world. 
"But love ye your enemies and do good..." (Luke 

As we discern God's goodness, we know it is only 
through this that we are able to change our nature 
and become righteous before Him. "...knowing that 
the goodness of God leadeth (us) to repentance." 
(Romans 2:4) "For we are his workmanship, created 
in Christ Jesus unto good works..." (Ephesians 2:10) 

We are to be a peculiar people, zealous of good 
works. (Titus 2:14) 

We are to stimulate one another to good works. 
(Hebrews 10:24) 

"And let ours also learn to maintain good works 
for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful." 
(Titus 2:14) 

— Kenneth Martin 



The greater portion of the 21st chapter of Acts 
concerns the Apostle Paul and his experience when 
he arrived at Jerusalem. It is a testimony of how 
Paul was willing to live and die for Jesus. 

In the first part of this chapter we find Paul 
and his companions on their way to Jerusalem. 
Twice we have recorded that Paul was warned of what 
would happen in Jerusalem. The disciples at Tyre 
urged him not to go. Then in Caesarea he was given 
an even clearer sign from the Holy Spirit. Agabus, 
a prophet, predicted how that Paul would be bound 
and handed over to the Gentiles in Jerusalem. Yet, 
despite the pleas of his companions and the other 
disciples, Paul insisted on going. 

We have to wonder why Paul persisted in going to 

Jerusalem when there were so many clear signs that 
persecution awaited him there. Paul himself may 
have answered that question in verse 13 when he 
indicated that he was willing not only to be bound 
but to die for the name of the Lord Jesus. He had 
already indicated through his life up to this point 
that he was more than willing to live for Christ. 
Perhaps this was God's way of demonstrating that 
Paul was also willing to die for his faith. 

What happened when Paul arrived in Jerusalem is 
interesting. After Paul finished telling the 
elders in Jerusalem all of the great things that 
God was doing among the Gentiles, the elders 
informed him that many of the converted Jews still 
adhered to the Law and that they were concerned 
that Paul was not living or teaching according to 

it. They proposed that Paul should join four other 
men in taking a vow to demonstrate his obedience to 
the Law. It is interesting that Paul agreed with 
them, since much of his teaching and ministry 
emphasized the fulfillment of the Law and a new 
dispensation of grace. 

However, Jews from Asia stirred up the people 



with false accusations and caused such an uproar 
that the Roman army had to interfere and quell the 
riot. This resulted in Paul's being put into the 
hands of the Romans— a direct fulfillment of 
Agabus's prophecy in verse 11 • 

Although Satan seemed to have an upper hand in 
much of this, God was still in control of Paul's 
life and using him as a testimony to those around 
him. In fact, the testimony of Paul's willingness 
to suffer and even die for Jesus is an inspiring 
example of the attitude that we as Christians 
should have in our own lives. 

— Eddie Wagner 


In Acts 12, Herod had killed James the brother 
of John. When Herod saw it pleased the Jews, he 
proceeded to take Peter also. When Peter was 
arrested, Herod put him in prison. 

Verse 5* "Peter therefore was kept in prison. 
But prayer was made without ceasing of the church 
unto God for him." 

After Peter was led out of prison by an angel, 
he came to himself and realized he wasn't having a 
vision. Verse 12. "And when he considered the 
thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of 
John, whose surname was Mark; where many were 
gathered together praying." 

I know the power of prayer is unlimited. We all 
have this power at hand. If some disaster would 
strike, would it benefit to get together and pray 
as a group? —Everett Oyler 

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Children, do you know what procrastination 
means? It is putting off doing something until 
another time. If you are told to get wood in or 
wash dishes and you wait until the last minute , you 
are procrastinating. 

Jesus tells us a story of ten young women going 
to a wedding. Five were wise and five were 
foolish. All ten went to meet the bridegroom. The 
bridegroom didn't come as soon as they thought, so 
they fell asleep. At midnight the call came that 
the bridegroom was coming. All ten virgins arose 
and made their lamps ready. The wise had oil to 
put in their lamps. The five foolish had no oil. 
They wanted to borrow some oil from the five that 
had oil. But the wise said not so. "If we give 
you some of our oil we may not have enough. Go and 
buy some and come back." They went and bought some 
oil. When they got back the bridegroom had come, 
and the ones that had oil went in, and the door was 
shut. The foolish ones could' not get in. Do you 
know why? They had procrastinated. They knew they 
should have taken oil, but, like so many of us, they 
waited until the last minute . 

Some time ago someone gave a family four kittens. 
One of the children poured milk in a pan and set it 
down for the kittens. They were so eager to get 
the milk that they had their feet in the pan. A 
lesson can be taken from this. When there is some- 
thing set down for you to do, start now. Just jump 
in with both feet and work until you are finished. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA 


19201 Chreokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 JULY, 1993 No. 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2.11 


Ho, every one that is thirsty in spirit I 
Ho, every one that is weary and sad I 

Come to the fountain; there's fullness in Jesus. 
All that you're longing for; Come and be glad. 

Child of the world, are you tired of your bondage? 
Weary of earth joys so false and untrue? 
Thirsting for God and His fullness of blessings? 
List 1 to the promise, a message for you. 

Child of the Kingdom be filled with the Spirit! 
Nothing but fullness thy longing can meet; 
'Tis the endurement for life and for service. 
Thine is the promise, so certain, so sweet. 

I will pour water on him that is thirsty; 
I will pour floods upon the dry ground. 
Open your heart for the gift I am bringing 
While ye are seeking Me, I will be found. 

— Lucy J. Rider 

THE PILGRIM is a religious maoazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address; THE PILGRIM. 19201 Cherokee Rd„ Tuolumne, CA 95379 


In September , 1991 > a man ' s body was found in 
the frozen glaciers of the Alps on the Austrian 
Italian border. Scientists estimated that this man 
lived about 5000 years ago. It was a fantastic 
discovery for those who study man in history. 
Rocks are older but hold far less interest than 
this body. Even ancient bones of animals are of 
small value compared to a discovery like this. To 
find even a small part of a human body begins an 
investigation by authorities. 

God made our bodies. He made Adam first and 
then Eve. After that, God used the ones He made to 
bring more people to life in a process we call 
birth and growth. No one but God the Creator could 
do this. All normal people love to see babies, to 
hold them, to watch them grow. Truly our bodies 
are unique in God's creation. 

Don't you marvel at the way your body works? 
The brain (in the "head") controls and coordinates 
all the parts to move smoothly. One who jerks or 
lurches or stumbles is obviously out of control. 

Another marvel is the way the body cares for its 
various parts. An injury brings immediate 
attention. Each member is important. If a hand or 
foot or even a finger hurts, the whole body is 

In I Corinthians 12:27, Paul writes, "Now ye are 
the body of Christ , and members in particular . " In 
this chapter are many comparisons of this body, the 
church, to the natural body of man. But it is not 
a comparison when he says, "Ye are the body of 
Christ." It is important to realize we are a body 
and not just like a body. If the scientists found 
something that was only like a man's body, it would 
be of much less importance. 


In the same manner, Christ is the head of the 
church (Ephesians 5:23), not just like a head, but 
He is the head. He is the controlling One in His 
body. As a hand reaches out immediately when the 
signal comes from the brain, so should we respond 
to Christ. 

Surprisingly, Paul writes (also in Ephesians 
5:23) "For the husband is the head of the wife, 
even as Christ is the head of the church..." Can 
it be that husband and wife share such a close 
relationship? What a tragedy then when this bond 
is broken. We live in a time of violence. Crimes 
of killing and dismembering a body are all too 
common. But it is also a violence when a husband 
and wife are severed. And it happens, they say, to 
half of the marriages in our day. 

Another tragedy is when a tiny unborn body is 
aborted and killed when it should be loved, cared 
for, and welcomed into the world. 

Still another tragedy is when members of the 
body of Christ are divided from one another. 

Truly our Creator must be sad to see His people 
so violent to one another in the various bodies He 
created. Let us see the true picture: Jesus 
suffered and died in the body the Father prepared 
for Him. This He did to rescue _us from the 
violence and sin of the world. He now speaks to us 
through Paul in I Corinthians 6:19,20: "What? 
know ye not that your body is the temple of the 
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, 
and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a 
price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in 
your spirit, which are God's." — L.C- 

Mark and Betsy Brown 21063 Crystal Falls Drive 



"It is not good," God said 
"For man to be alone . " 
Alone? Among the glittering 
Galaxies He made 
For man's delight? 
Alone, God said. 

Alone? With stately trees and vines 

That bore a pleasant fruit, 

The sweet reward for labor as 

He kept them dressed? 

That very toil was boon immense 

To man — a man 

Who was alone. 

Alone? Amidst the creatures 

Of earth and air and ocean, 

Each one of whom he called by name: 

Lion and antelope and nightingale — 

A kingdom his to reign supreme? 

A monarch, yes, but still 


Then God gave man woman — 
Flesh of his flesh, 
Bone of his bone — 

That man might learn 
To love. 

Yet we, mankind — poor fools — 

Still live, each one alone — 

Alone we guard our wealth and power, 

Alone, when God gave us one another, 

That we might learn this love 

That will not let us live 


— Ted Morrow 

from Gospel Herald , 1956 



"I know the power of prayer is unlimited. We 
all have this power at hand. If some disaster 
would strike, would it benefit to get together and 
pray as a group?" — Everett Oyler 


In answer to Brother Everett Oyler* s question, I 
do believe that it would, and does benefit to get 
together as brethren to pray about a specific 
problem, sickness, disaster, etc. Do we not all 
tend to be too individualistic in our day? For 
this reason we do need to unite with others in 
prayer. It is important that we learn not only to 
pray alone, but also to pray with other Christians. 
In doing so we learn to use our ears as well as our 
mouths, and by the prayers of our brothers we are 
drawn together with them in effective prayer. As 
we pray together, the reality of our prayers and 
the burdens that weigh upon us become more clear, 
and together we can understand and speak of them 
clearly. This can make it more possible for God to 
commit fresh burdens upon us daily. He needs , the 
cooperation of His Church on earth, and it is 
through prayer that we get our instructions, 
directions, and cooperation with Him I 

For instance, if God gives you a burden to 
preach the Gospel, the more you preach it 
faithfully and willingly, the more you will come to 
a peace of mind and soul, whereas if you fail to do 
this, your burden will weigh you down more and more 
until you are crushed beneath its weight. Then a 
barrier will arise between God and you, and you 
will feel it difficult to get in touch with Him. 

The presence of elders at the bedside of the 
sick, helps to encourage the afflicted person, and 
helps make him aware of the effectiveness of 
prayer. Yes, I personally feel it can help unite 
and draw us closer together when we share and pray 
over a disaster or problem, especially if it 


concerns the Brotherhood. Joshua would not have 
been deceived if he or as a group, they would have 
prayed and sought God's help about the situation. 
He didn't seek God's will, but went on his own 
feelings and was deceived. The Gibeonites wore old 
garments and shoes and had dry, moldy bread. They 
were pagan Hittites who lived nearby and pretended 
to be from a far away country. Joshua failed in 
discernment because they sought not God's direction 
in the matter. 

I cannot help but think of Abraham Lincoln's 
thanksgiving proclamation, in which He pleaded for 
all people as a nation to come before God in prayer 
and fasting to confess and repent. Yes, America 
could be spared yet if all would give heed to God ' s 
ways and praise Him as their Saviour and Creator. 
The question is, do we have a ministry of prayer 
among us as Brethren? It can be an inspiration 
among us if we would fall upon our knees while 
together in prayer, like they did for Peter, who 
was in prison. Maybe God will honor our prayers in 
a miraculous manner, beyond our comprehension! 
What about the Early Church in the upper room? How 
did and do revivals begin? — Arnold Bowser 

Collins , Mississippi 

July Question: 

In the Bible, we read "...For unto whomsoever 
much is given, of him shall be much required:..." 
Luke 12:48 We have been abundantly blessed — maybe 
more than any nation in the history of the world — 
with an abundance of material goods, and also with 
spiritual truth. What is our responsibility toward 
those who are suffering from the lack of either 
physical or spiritual provisions? Just what does 
the Lord require of us? 

— Bart and Annalee Taylor 



Susan Rachel (Skiles) Coning, daughter of Andrew 
and Mary Helen (Maugans) Skiles, was born March 26, 
1903, near Lapel, Indiana. She came to the end of 
life's journey quite suddenly May 24, 1993, at 
Elkart General Hospital, following a very short 
illness, at the age of 90 years, 1 month, and 28 

Early in life she answered the call of her 
Master and was baptized into the Old German Baptist 
Church. With her husband, she affiliated with the 
German Baptist Brethren of Beavercreek in 1947* 
Following the death of her husband in 1969> she 
united with the Old Brethren Church, ever striving 
to be true to her Saviour. 

On November 1, 193-1 > she was united in marriage 
to William H. Coning. To this union were born one 
daughter, Evelyn, and two sons, Melvin and W. 
Arden. They spent about seven years of their life 
together near Lakeland, Florida. They moved to 
Covington, Ohio, in 1940, and then to Gettysburg, 
Ohio, in 1945* Following her husband* s death in 
1969, she moved to Goshen, Indiana, where she spent 
her remaining years. 

Mother and Grandmother, responding to the pious 
example and teaching of faithful parents, always 
seemed to find a way to put the cause of Christ 
first in her life. Her cards and letters to 
friends and acquaintances were filled with words 
and poems of encouragement for a "closer walk with 
God." In her closing years, her correspondence 
seemed to occupy more and more of her concern, as 
though she thought of this as her special 

She loved the outdoors, and during the growing 
season, much of her time was spent in the garden 
and flowerbeds, encouraging and nurturing each 
plant to bloom and bear fruit to its full 
potential. However, her love of the out-of-doors 
and growing good things to eat and beautiful 


flowers did not crowd out her love for singing the 
many hymns of praise and faith that meant so much 
to her. 

Preceding her in death were her companion; two 
sisters: Martha Keller, and Nancy Anna Rumble; and 
two brothers: Joseph and John. She leaves to 
mourn, her family: 1 daughter Evelyn; 2 sons, 
Melvin and W. Arden; 12 grandchildren; and 19 
great-grandchildren; also two sisters: Ruth 
Huntzinger, and Kathryn Beckner; and many friends 
and acquaintances. 

Funeral services were conducted with a brief 
family service held Thursday in the home of son 
Melvin followed by services at 9:30 A.M. in the Old 
Brethren meeting house near Goshen, Indiana, by 
Brethren Kenneth Martin, Thomas Royer, and Neil 
Martin. Words of comfort were brought from II 
Timothy 4:6-8 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Hymns 
used were 385, 483, 494, and 384. 

Her body was taken to Gettysburg Cemetery, 
Gettysburg, Ohio, where viewing and graveside 
services were held at 4:30 P.M. She was laid to 
rest beside her husband to await the glorious 
Resurrection. Hymns 458, 456, 455, and 403 were 
sung while the grave was being filled. 

We have many loving memories and will certainly 
miss her. May our loss be her eternal gain. 

— The Family 

Our dear Grandmother has passed away: 

Long was her time — 90 years was her stay. 

Many years though they be, she was close to us here, 

Yet when parting time comes, there's sadness and 

So many memories she's left in our hearts 
Of small kindly deeds and thoughtfulness oft. 
At times she would have us come stay overnight. 
We helped her outside—flowers were her delight. 
She sang to us songs, yes, she did love to sing. 
And she told us past lessons her memory would bring. 
I'm sure many prayers ascended on high 


In behalf of her family and friends who passed by. 
Now such beautiful gardens she surely must see, 
The One Who has died and from sin sets us free. 
Here just a foretaste of His love she did know, 
And faithful till death of His love she did show. 
Now, full knowledge and living forever with Him, 
Always joy--never sadness or sorrow from sinl 
Oh, may we live in His love and His will, 
That when time to us is silent and still, 
We could join her and others--a happy band, 
To live there with Christ in the Happy Land. 

— Written by a granddaughter, Miriam Beery 

In quiet and meek assurance, 
Through trials of the way, 
Susie waited for the Master 
To call to endless day. 

She loved the beauties God has made; 
To work among her flowers. 
Flowers never fade where she has gone. 
In Heaven's golden bowers. 

In worship, when we sang our hymns, 
Her voice was raised in praise. 
In Heaven's glad throng she now can sing, 
Throughout eternal days. 

To Susie after church was o'er, 
The children all would go. 
She'd give to each of them a treat; 
She loved them all, you know. 

Now she is gone; we'll miss her ways, 
Her kind and cheery smile. 
Though saddened now, yet we have hope. 
We'll meet her after while. 

In memory of Susie R. Coning 

— Written by Brother James Beery 



"Train up a child in the way he should go; and 
when he is old he will not depart from it- ,f 
Proverbs 22:6 

This subject, the duties of parents, is a very- 
large one. I shall aim to say the most important 
things concerning it, but shall still be conscious 
of leaving unsaid things that are also important. 

The responsibility of bringing into existence an 
immortal being is the greatest responsibility, it 
seems to me, that human beings can voluntarily take 
upon themselves. And this responsibility should be 
assumed, not thoughtlessly, but thoughtfully — not 
carelessly, but prayerfully. Duties, grave and 
important duties, inevitably spring out of this 
relation between parent and child. He who assumes 
the responsibility of being a parent, but neglects 
those duties is worthy of all condemnation. 

The text presents a very important principle 
underlying the duties of parents. Children are to 
be trained. They are to be trained in the right 
way; and being trained in the right way, they gain 
an impetus that keeps them in the right way when 
they are no longer under your care. You are to 
call to their help and your help the force of habit. 

1. Parents should give their children sound 
bodies and a good physical training. 

The responsibility for this begins long before 
the child is born. n Like produces like" is the law 
of nature. To give your children sound bodies you 
must have sound bodies yourselves. You may do much 
after they are born to give them good health and 
train them to good physical habits, but the best 
foundation for such training is good health and 
good habits for yourself. The subject of prenatal 
influence over children is of exceeding importance 


to parents, and some very plain words ought to be 
spoken on the subject. 

A volumne might be written on the duty of 
looking after the physical training of children. I 
can mention only a few things. See that your 
children get plain, wholesome, food, and plenty of 
it; good pure air, and plenty of it, by day and 

night; good wholesome exercise and innocent fun, 
and plenty of them; good sound sleep at night, and 
plenty of it. That is a pernicious system of work 
or study which does not give a child considerable 
time every day for play. For a child under eight 
or ten years of age, three or four hours of study: 
For a child under fifteen or sixteen, five or six 
hours of good* honest study — including the time for 
recitations — is all that should be allowed or 
required. Anything more will endanger the child 1 s 
health. Any system of education that requires more 
of the average child should receive the protest of 
every parent. It is better for the child not to 
learn so many things, or else be a few years longer 
in learning them, than to endanger the sound body, 
without which there cannot be a perfectly sound 

It is your duty to teach your children, in 
proper ways and at proper times the evil effects 
upon the human body of alcoholic drinks, tobacco, 
secret vice, late hours, irregular meals, unclean- 
liness, etc. Train your children physically in the 

way in which they should go, and when they are old 
they will not depart from it. 

2. You should give your children a good education. 

They have the right to expect from you, or 
through you, such a mental and moral training as 
will best fit for the manifold duties of life. The 
foundation for this kind of training, too, is laid 
before the child is born, and it should be carried 
on through all the years of infancy and childhood. 
You cannot turn this work over to others, although 


others may help in it. The school teacher is only 
your assistant in the work. 

The mind of a child is an interrogation point, 
and even before it can frame its questions into 
words its little mind is asking many questions, and 
querying about many things in this new, strange 
world that it has entered. Do not get out of 
patience with its many questions. Answer them 
patiently. If you do not answer them, you are 
cheating the child of an important part of its 

When your children are old enough, send them to 
school. Do not keep them out to work or visit. 
Work harder yourself, if need be, that they may 
have the time to study. . . 

When your children go to school, help them all 
you can in their studies. Watch their progress. 
Provide for them the necessary books. Visit their 
schools and see what kind of assistants you have 
there, and what kind of work they are doing. 

I remember well how my mother, with the work and 
care of a large family, would help her children in 
their studies as far as she could, and then rejoice 
that they were able to go further than she had been 
able to go. . . 

As a part of their education, a part of their 
training for this life, you should see that they 
learn and practise correct moral principles, and 
shun all bad habits. For this there is no better 
text book than the Bible, for no one can improve on 
the Ten Commandments and Christ ' s Sermon on the 
Mount. And there are no better teachers than 
parents who themselves practise the purest morality. 

Train up a child in the way he should go, and 
when he is old he will not depart from it. And 
before he is old he will achieve that success in 
life which he could not achieve without such 

If, when you come to die, you can leave your 
children a good physical and mental and moral 
education, you have left them a better legacy by 


far than you would if you had willed to each one a 
million dollars. 

The million dollars , more or less, would most 
likely "be a curse to them. It certainly would 
without the education* But the education, with or 
without the money, will be a blessing. By giving 
them such an education you not only fit them for a 
manly self-reliance and self-support, but you also 
prepare them to be citizens of this free republic, 
and the rulers of the next generation. You are 
fitting them for the proper discharge of all the 
varied duties of this present life. 

The importance of this I do not underrate, but 
something else is more important. I believe in 
this present life, transitory as it is, but I also 
believe — and so do you — in an existance beyond the 
grave. And if it be an important duty to train 
your children for this life and its duties, how 
much more important it is to train them for the 
life beyond I (to be continued) 

—by R. T. Cross from Home Duties , 1896-1899, 
an old book found among Aunt Bertie Baker's things 



God was in Jesus manifesting His love in a way 
man could understand and respond to. When He 
spoke on Mount Sinai, the great power was more than 
they could endure. So God came in His Son to live 
among men and show His great love and took on 
Himself the penalty for Adam's sin — only requiring 
faith and belief from man. When Philip asked Jesus 
to show them the Father, Jesus told them if they 
saw Him, they had seen the Father, for the Father 
was in Him doing the work. God wants to dwell in 
His believers. 

— Ernest Wagner 



The testimony of exercising in an act of faith 
to the eternal God, the source of all things, (and 
someday all men will acknowledge His sovereignty) 
is of great comfort and strength. It brings us in 
communion with the faithful of all ages. 

To declare faith in God requires a will that 
intends to follow His will. The cost of this faith 
is to be crucified with Christ, nevertheless we 
live, yet not we, but Christ lives in us, by the 
faith of Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave 
Himself for us. 

As Christ was suffering in the flesh, He kept 
His mind on the glory that was to follow. So it is 
with us; as deeds of the flesh need to be mortified, 
our body suffers, but our life is hid in Him, that 
we may appear with Him in glory. The apostle Paul, 
in testifying to this faith, even gloried in 
suffering, because he knew what the benefits would 
be. We believe the Christian today should be able 
to identify with Paul in this. When we are called 
to suffer in the flesh, and the spirit of retalia- 
tion doesn't tempt us, what a feeling of joy and 
peace it is! To claim this faith and act upon it 
is what makes us: Sons of God. 

Gives us access to grace. 

Know Christ dwells in our hearts. 

Have spiritual sight. 

Have our sins forgiven. 


Purify our hearts. 




Through faith the Christian can 
future with full confidence and trust 
His promises. Even though men's hearts are failing 
in fear of the future, we lift up our heads for our 
redemption draweth nigh. 

When the Son of Man cometh, shall he find faith 
on the earth? (Luke 18:8) --Kenneth Martin 







II Cor. 5: 











- 3:9 

look to 


.t in 

. God 




Acts 21 ends as Paul is being led into the 
castle in Jerusalem. There had just been an uproar 
with the Jews, and Paul had been seized by the 
Romans for his own protection. As he was climbing 
the stairs into the castle, he asked that he might 
speak to the people. This is where we find Paul at 
the first of Acts 22. Over half of this chapter is 
Paul's defense. He told the mob (who was silent 
now) who he was and what his pedigree was. He was 
brought up at the feet of Gamaliel, a man of renoun 
in his time. He told them how he zealously 
persecuted the Christians at one time. He was at 
Stephen's stoning in full consent of his death. 

He told them in detail of his conversion on the 
road to Damascus and how it left him blinded but a 
completely different man. Paul told the crowd of 
another time that he saw Jesus and how Jesus 
directed him to go to the Gentiles. 

With this, Paul's discourse was ended, not that 
he was done but the people began to start another 
tumult. They were so out of control that they 
threw dust into the air. 

Paul was then taken into the castle and the 
chief captain commanded him to be scourged. Here 
Paul used one of his citizen rights. Being born in 
Tarsus made him a Roman citizen and as such was not 
to be beaten without being found guilty. This gave 
us a good discussion on how much we should use our 
rights as citizens of this country. Should we 
stand for our rights at all times? Paul did it 
only for God's glory. He would gladly suffer 
persecution for Christ. If we would do it for 
selfish reasons we would not get a blessing from 
it, and it would tend to dishonor Christ and be a 
poor light to those who might be looking on. 

Paul had a challenging day. It was not easy to 
stand before those Jews. It was probably the hard- 
est group of people to talk to when he was telling 
them of the One whom they had crucified. But with 
the Spirit of God all things are possible, and God 
gave him strength to meet the challenge ♦-Peter Cover 


At work I have a calender that has a picture of 
a beautiful flower . A hummingbird is getting 
nectar from the flower. Above the picture is the 
word "VIRTUE" It also tells what it means. 
"Letting others know God loves them by the 
brightness of my eyes and smile." The little bird 
knows that he is loved by the beautiful flowers and 
sweet nectar that God provides. God also makes 
beautiful "flowers" for His children. Just 
recently we helped fill the grave of one of His 
"Beautiful Flowers." When singing in church you 
could hear her voice above the others. She wasn't 
afraid to let others know she was happy with 
Jesus. After meeting was over Susie knew what to 
do. Several little hands were held her way, 
expecting candy. Her smile and bright eyes told 
you that she loved you dearly. Yes, Susie gave you 
mints. Now she is enjoying the "candy" of Heaven. 

One evening, we went to visit Susie. She had a 
nice lamp that wasn't working right. I took the 
shade off and was going to see if I could fix it. 
The shade slipped out of my hand and broke. It was 
glass. The lamp was one she had had for several 
years. I knew she really liked it. I felt so 
bad. She said not to worry about it. I couldn't 
find another one to replace it. Never once did she 
act like it bothered her that it was broken. Susie 
knew these earthly toys were no comparison to the 
Glory of Heaven. Whatever gets broken or lost of 
yours — never let it take the smile and brightness 
from your eyes. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 AUGUST, 1993 NO. 8 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Awake! How can we sleep 

When souls are bound in sin? 

Should we not pray and weep 

That they might freedom win? 

Where are concern, and tears, and prayer? 

How do the lost know that we care? 

Awake! In earnest pray, 

First search each our own heart. 

Upon the altar lay 

Ourselves; from sin depart. 

For only when we're free from sin 

Can we a soul for Jesus win. 

Awake! Our time employ 

In sincere prayer and praise, 

That we might share the joy 

Of walking in His ways. 

Our apathy through prayer dispel, 

Let love to serve Him us impel. 

--Miriam Sauder 
from Spiritual Hymns 

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Down the aisle of the airplane, bumping into 
passengers and seats, lugging a sizeable satchel in 
each hand , stumbled an exhausted traveller . Finally 
locating his row, he discovered that his bags were 
too large to store beneath the seat in front of 
him; they must be stuffed into the overhead compart- 
ment . It took some time and help from the patient 
stewardess, but finally he was settled in his place 
for the long flight across the country. On arrival 
at his destination the process had to be repeated 
in reverse. If only he had checked his bags, he 
could have travelled in freedom and comfort. 

Airlines in our time have efficient methods of 
handling baggage. They invest huge sums on 
equipment to carry the suitcases and boxes to just 
the right place. They train and pay employees who 
work entirely in this area. It is such a relief to 
deposit those suitcases at the beginning of a 
journey and know they will be handled by someone 
equipped for it. 

How often do Christians, on their spiritual 
journey through life, take too much baggage along, 
or else fail to deposit it at the beginning. Let 
us examine some of this baggage to possibly help us 
travel a little lighter and therefore more comfort- 
ably and also more usefully in the cause of the 
Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus invites in Matthew 11:28: "Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." He says to take His easy yoke upon 
us and assures us that His burden is light. In 
Christ it is unnecessary to carry a heavy load, and 
we are unable to do it. 

Each person born into the world and living to 
accountability since the fall in Eden carries a 
load of guilt and sin. For the Bible says that all 


have sinned. Eliphaz in Job 15:16 declares, "How 
much more abominable and filthy is man, which 
drinketh iniquity like water." The poet Reginald 
Heber wrote in 1819: 

"What though the spicy breezes 

Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle; 

Though every prospect pleases 

And only man is vile..." 
Truly men without the Lord carry a grievous burden 
of sin. Even before Jesus gave His invitation, 
David wrote in Psalm 55:22: "Cast thy burden upon 
the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall 
never suffer the righteous to be moved." When we 
repent and come to Christ confessing our guilt , He 
takes that load from us. How blessed we are when 
we can believe that this is what Jesus, our sin 
bearer, did for us when He hung on the cross and 
"bare our sins in his own body on the tree..." (i 
Peter 2:24) 

John Bunyon in Pilgrim ' s Progress expresses it 
this way: 

"Now I saw in my dream that the highway, up 
which Christian was to go, was fenced on either 
side with a wall, and that was called Salvation. 
Up this way therefore did burdened Christian run, 
but not without great difficulty, because of the 
load on his back. 

"He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat 
ascending and upon that place stood a cross, and a 
little below in the bottom a sepulchre. So I saw 
in my dream, that just as Christian came up with 
the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, 
and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and 

so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the 
sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more. 

"Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said 
with a merry heart, 'He hath given me rest by His 
sorrow, and life by His death.' Then he stood 
still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very 
surprising to him, that the sight of the cross 
should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, 
therefore, and looked again, even till the springs 


Of his head sent the waters down his cheeks. Now, as 
he stood looking and weeping, behold three shining 
ones came to him, and saluted him with 'Peace he to 
thee; 1 so the first said to him, 'Thy sins be 
forgiven;' the second stripped him of his rags, and 
clothed him with a change of raiment; the third 
also set a mark upon his forehead, and gave him a 
roll with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on 
as he ran, and that he should give it in at the 
celestial gate; so they went their way. Then 
Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on 

'Thus far did I come loaden with my sin, 
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in, 
Till I came hither: what a place is this! 
Must here be the beginning of my bliss? 
Must here the burden fall from off my back? 
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack? 
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be 
The Man that there was put to shame for me!" 1 
Isaiah 53:4,5 reads, "Surely he hath borne our 
griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem 
him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. " 

It is excess baggage and an affront to God when 
we cannot believe that He forgives and carried that 
load which we could not bear. 

God forbid that we should discourage anyone from 
doing right, but if we think that we can perform 
well enough to somehow offset our sins — if we do 
not see that Jesus died to relieve us of guilt — then 
we carry a double burden. 

Another form of excess baggage is trying to cater 
to the whims of fashion and the expectations of the 
world around us. When we strive to please only God, 
He gives us freedom. To try to please both, is a 
burden no one can bear. 

Another burden might be called the cares of 
materialism which we all bear more than is 
necessary. The wise writer of Ecclesiastes says, 
(5:10,11) "He that loveth silver shall not be 
satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance 
with increase; this is also vanity, ¥hen goods 


increase, they are increased that eat them: and 
what good is there to the owners thereof, saving 
the beholding of them with their eyes?" It seems 
that we are all beyond the word of Paul to Timothy: 
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is 
certain we can carry nothing out. And having food 
and raiment let us be therewith content." 

No burden is too great for our Saviour, whether 
it is sorrow, worry, indebtedness (real or 
imagined), or distress with friends. He can give 
us peace and show the solutions. 

Let us all, as soon as possible, check the excess 
baggage. To carry it makes as much sense as the 
man who was given a ride on a neighbor's wagon. He 
continued to hold his heavy pack on his back 
reasoning that it was enough to expect his neighbor 
to carry him without asking him to carry his load, 

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth 
for you." — L.C. 


The subject of "Missions" can be a vast and 
touchy work; however, it is not the intent of this 
work to be either vast or touchy I So, what is the 
mission of this article? To examine just what our 
mission is in this world; to stir up our pure minds 
by way of remembrance" (II Peter 3:1 ); "pure 
minds" being none other than minds who are occupied 
with the mind of Christ. 

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "...I put 
thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of 
God..." (II Tim. 1:6) We have asked the "gift of 
God" to dwell in us since our day of conversion; 
however, it is crucial that we exercise this "gift 
of God" to keep it at its greatest potential. What 
is its greatest potential? It is the Spirit of 
God, the Holy Spirit, so potential is endless and 
great. "For the Spirit that God has given us does 
not impart timidity but power and love and 


self-control." (II Tim. 1:7, Williams New Testament) 

"Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, 
which was bestowed upon you through prophetic 
utterance with the laying on of hands by the 
presbytery. Take PAINS with these things; be 
ABSORBED in them, so that your progress may be 
evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself 
and to your teaching ; PERSEVERE in these things ; 
for as you do this you will INSURE SALVATION BOTH 
4 : 14-16 , NASB , emphasis mine . ) It is only on this 
foundation that any type of mission work will be a 
success. Without this even the most elaborate 

organizations will ultimately fail, and great and 
noticeable will be their fall, but sad and 
devastating will be the loss. 

If Timothy needed stirring up, how much more do 
we need it today! By way of remembrance, let ' s go 
back to when we first met Jesus. Where was it? 
Was it not in your loving parents , in your grand- 
parents where the image of Christ shone through 
their character? Through their examples and 
attitudes? Timothy had seen this in his 
grandmother Lois; "the unfeigned faith," their 
ironclad steadfastness to the end . We were 
protected; we were corrected; we were taught; we 
were shown. Then we came to Christ ourselves and 
we have these memories and they are precious. But 
NOW, what are we going to do with these, all these 
precious memories of faith unfeigned, of images of 
Christ-love, self-control, and power? What are we 
going to do? Just sit back and remember? Live in 
the past? That won't get us anywhere. We need to 
be stirred up and exercised I We need to reach the 
boiling point! Because the greater the fervency of 
Spirit we have, the greater witness we have. (Acts 
18:25) We have witness to the world only through 
the witness of the Spirit. (I John 5:6,8) People 
see this through our countenance, our attitudes, 
our concern for others. This is what people saw in 


Jesus has left us with what is known as the 
great commission- There is nothing really 
complicated about it. It is pretty much self- 
explanatory, so we won't go into it here, But this 
ties in with being "lights in the world," "salt of 
the earth," and "a city set on a hill." This 
describes our position in the world though we 
aren't of the world. We are positioned in the 
world, but our practice is of Christ. 

So the first step of Mission is to exercise the 
Holy Spirit in our personal life. If we fail here, 
we'll fail everywhere else. 

To a married man with a family, the second step 
is his mission to them. If we fail here, success 
any where else means nothing; we become "worse than 
an infidel." (l Tim. 5:8) 

So we see that it is important that we keep 
"first things first." The Apostle Paul is a good 
example of a missionary; he remained single and for 
a good reason. (i Cor. 7:7) Marriage does not 
necessarily exclude us from this though. 

The next mission ground is our neighbors, those 
at work, people we meet on the street or in the 
store: our community. Being in the medical 
profession, I have experienced many opportunities 
of being a verbal witness for Him. Anyone in a 
service work would have a great mission field. 

A.W. Tozer was a well-known preacher and writer 
(1897-1963) • He wrote many good books; he preached 
many good sermons. He didn't believe in 
vacations. He had work to do; he had a mission to 
accomplish amd he went about it wholeheartedly. 
The only problem was that his wife and seven 
children didn't see much of him. 

So goes the story of many "successful" men. 
There is a law involved here that goes something 
like this: If you concentrate on one thing, other 
important things will be neglected and will 
consequently suffer. Balance is vitally important, 


individually and in the Church. 

Now, this being our basis for "Missions," let f s 
go on. We want to focus on one kind of mission 
termed as "active evangelism." At this point I 
would like to refer you to the Spring issue, 1988 
"Old Order Notes." It is a special issue on 
Brethren Missions with representatives from the 

major Brethren groups. 

"We want to focus on the individual's being in 
the world in daily life and being a responsible 
witness for Christ. It is said among Old Orders 
that we focus on being God's work in the world 
versus doing God's work." ("Thoughts on Christian 
Mission," Dale R. Stoffer citing Fred Benedict, 
00N, 1988 p. 56) 

We must BE, but we must DO also. The title "We 
Don't Speak Great Things, We Live Them" reflects an 
imbalance; we MUST speak great things AND we MUST 
live them. As in all things, Christ is our 
example; He did both. He spoke many great things 
to all kinds of people AND He lived them. How can 
we keep from speaking the great things of Christ? 
By NOT being "stirred up" in the Spirit. By being 
engrossed in our own selves and our own group. 
This is not the example Christ left us. 

"Let me look to the crowd, as my Saviour did, 

Till my eyes with tears grow dim; 
Let me view with pity the wandering sheep, 

And love them for love of Him. 

We must see the larger picture. Jesus has 
called us to be workers in His field. Will He find 
us working? (Mat. 9:37,38; II Tim. 2:15) 

(to be continued next month) 

— Ronald L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 


July question: 

What is our responsibility toward those who are 
suffering from lack of either physical or spiritual 
provisions? Just what does the Lord require of us? 

In response to the Taylor's question: 

I do believe that we are a very blessed people, 
and that very much is required of us. Sad to say, 
most of us fail greatly in this area. First of 
all, in I John 3:17 it reads, "But whoso hath this 
world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and 
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how 
dwelleth the love of God in him?" This verse 
covers all material blessings. It could be feeding 
the hungry or loaning your car to someone who needs 
one. When helping someone, we should never expect 
repayment. I hear, so many times, people saying 
they won't help someone because they have no way to 
pay them back, or being upset because they didn't. 
I also believe that it is a requirement to help 
those in need. (Please read Matt. 25:34-46.) As 
for a limit on how much to give, we find the answer 
in Matt. 19:21. "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt 
be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to 
the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: 
and come and follow me." What would you do if 
Jesus told you this? I really think He is. 

I think we should be cautious about what we buy 
and why. As a farmer I'll reflect on the farming 
business. I know people who trade perfectly good 
tractors and other machinery for new ones just to 
avoid paying taxes. Maybe they should invest that 
money in food and clothing for the poor. There are 
many tax free investments that help the needy. We 
should be even more ready to help spiritually. 
Nothing we do is more important than a soul. So 
let's never turn away anyone (and I mean anyone) 
who needs help. I believe the Lord requires our 
all. Jesus said that it is hard for a rich man to 
enter heaven. So let's help generously and build 
treasure in heaven and not on earth. 

— Arlan Wray, Pomona, Kansas 


3« Educate your children for eternity. 

They rightly claim from you, not only that 
education which they need as human beings and as 
citizens of a free republic, but also that training 
to which they are entitled as immortal beings. 
Think of it once I You bring into existence a soul 
that is invited to live forever. When the 
everlasting hills have waxed old and decayed; when 
the stars have fallen from the heavens; when the 
sun has ceased to shine , that soul will be alive 

with eternity still before it. And whether it be 
an eternity of weal or woe will depend, in all 
probability, upon your influence over the child. 

Do you never take that bud of immortality that 
is unfolding under your care upon your knees and 
tell it in plain and simple language about God, 
about heaven, about sin, about Jesus the Saviour, 
about eternity? "What if God should place a 
diamond in your hand," says Dr. Payson, "and tell 
you to inscribe on it a sentence which should be 
read at the last day, and shown there as an index 
of your thoughts and feelings I What care , what 
caution would you exercise in the selection! This 
is what God has done. He has placed before you the 
immortal minds of your children, more imperishable 
than the diamond, on which you are inscribing every 
day and every hour, by your instruction, by your 
spirit, by your example, something that will remain 
and be exhibited for or against you at the judgment 

What is it that you are most anxious for 
concerning your children? Once when a house was on 
fire the mother was very busy saving her trinkets 
and her children's trinkets. The fire spread 
rapidly and when she tried to enter the house 
again, she stopped and shrieked in anguish, for her 
babe lay in its cradle in the burning building. At 
what a fearful cost she had saved her trinkets! 


Father, mother, are you seeking to save trinkets 
when the souls of your children are in danger? 
When your children die will you be obliged to 
exclaim in anguish as one father did of his dead 
daughter, "She never heard a prayer in her father's 

Do you say, "I will let my children grow up and 
decide for themselves about the truths of religion"? 
But you do not so in other things. You teach them 
your political creed; you teach them that the sun 
stands still and that the earth moves round it. 
Why? Because you believe those things. You believe 
in God, in eternity, in the fact of sin, and the 
need of a Savior. Teach these things to your 
children. Teach them to your children so early 
that they shall at first know no reason for their 
truth except the fact that you say that they are 
true. It is your right and your duty to prepossess 
their minds in favor of these truths. If you do 
not do it, Satan will certainly prepossess their 
minds against these things. Teach them to love God 
with all the heart, and their fellow men as 
themselves. Teach the Word of God diligently unto 
thy children. "Talk of it when thou sittest in thy 
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when 
thou sittest down and when thou risest up." 

--by E.T.Cross from Home Duties , 1896-1899, 
an old book found among Aunt Bertie Baker* s things. 


On July 4, we were happy to have Dale and Jodi 
Savage unite with us by Christian baptism. Then on 
July 18 following a request for Christian baptism, 
Matthew Martin was also baptized upon the 
confession of his faith in Jesus. We rejoice for 
the added fellowship and support for the cause of 
truth. May they ever be true to the One who 
brought life and salvation to all who will faith- 
fully serve Him. — Melvin Coning 




When man sinned, God knew they could not live 
there any longer, for their desires would be to 
follow pleasure and sin. History records this has 
happened over and over in the world when people 
found a well-favored place to live and had leisure 
time. The Bible gives the account of Sodom and 
Gomorrah, Nineveh, and even Solomon, in all his 
glory and wisdom, going astray. I believe this 
well-favored country in which we live is falling 
after the same pattern of seeking leisure and sin. 
God has promised us a life in Heaven far better 
than Eden if we will accept it, and be willing to 
live to obey Him. 

Ernest Wagner 


WAGNER — FLORY Daniel R. Wagner amd Donna Mae Flory 
were married July 10, 1993, in Dallas Center, Iowa. 


Daniel S. Wagner P.O. Box 315 

230 E. Main Street 
Gettysburg, OH 45328-0315 
(513) 447-4944 

Dale and Jodi Savage 6754 C.R. 22 

Loudonville , OH 44842 
(419) 994-3787 

Dale and Julie Wemken P.O. Box 1258 

412 E. Street 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-1031 



To bear fruit that "brings honor and glory to God 
is usually an ■ act or virtue that should edify 
another to Godliness. 

An effective relationship with our fellowmen 
requires a subordinate spirit and manner. 

Titus 3:2: "To speak evil of no man, to be no 
brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all 
men." Philippians 2:3: "Let nothing be done 
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of 
mind let each esteem other better than themselves." 

Meekness is a quality that is needed in order to 
enter Christian service. Gal. 6:1: "Brethren, if a 
man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, 
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; 
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." 

II Timothy 2:25: " In meeknees instructing 
those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure 
will give them repentence to the acknowledging of 
the truth." 

Meekness is a necessary part of our spiritual 
garment. Colossians 3:12: "Put on therefore, as 
the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of 
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, 

Meekness is a requirement to be teachable and to 
attain salvation. James 1:21: "Wherefore lay 
apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughti- 
ness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, 
which is able to save your souls." Meekness is a 
requirement to proclaim the gospel. I Peter 3:155 
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be 
ready always to give an answer to every man that 
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with 
meekness and fear : " 

The blessings of the meek are most glorious. 
Psalm 22:26: "The meek shall eat and be satisfied: 


they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your 
heart shall live for ever." 

37:11: "But the meek shall inherit the earth, 
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of 
peace. " 

147:6: "The Lord lifteth up the meek: he 
casteth the wicked down to the ground. 

149:4: "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his 
people: he will beautify the meek with salvation." 

Only in the soil of meekness can the word be 
fruitful. Psalm 25:9: "The meek will he guide in 
judgement and the meek will he teach his way." 

— Kenneth Martin 


In the latter part of chapter 22, Paul was 
arrested in Jerusalem and taken to the castle to be 
examined by scourging, so that the chief captain 
could find out why the people were making such an 
uproar. After Paul was beaten, he made it known to 
the chief captain that he was a Roman citizen, and 
it was unlawful for him to be beaten uncondemned. 
Then the chief captain was afraid, and on the next 
day he loosened Paul's bonds and set him before the 
council (or Sanhedrin). This is where we enter 
chapter 23* At the council the high priest commanded 
that Paul be hit on the mouth. Then Paul, not know- 
ing that it was the high priest, said, "God shall 
smite thee, thou whited wall; for sittest thou to 
judge me after the law, and commandest me to be 
smitten contrary to the law?" Then when he found 
out it was the high priest, he repented of his 
speaking evil of the ruler . Then Paul learned that 
the council contained some Sadducees and some 
Pharisees. He used this knowledge for his 
benefit. He said he was a Pharisee, the son of a 
Pharisee, and said that he had hope in the 


resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees did not 
believe in the resurrection or angels or spirits 
like the Pharisees did. Then the Pharisees said 
that they had nothing to accuse Paul of, but the 
Sadducees persisted to try to condemn him. When 
there arose a great dis- sension, the chief 
captain, fearing that Paul might be killed, 
commanded soldiers to take him by force out of the 
crowd and bring , him into the castle. That night 
the Lord told Paul that he would testify of his 
Lord in Rome like he did in Jerusalem. Now after 
the uprising at the council more than forty Jews 
agreed that they would not eat or drink until Paul 
was killed. Then these Jews went to the chief 
priests and elders and told them what they had 
done, and that they wanted the council to tell the 
chief captain to bring Paul down the next day to 
inquire more of him. But the Jews under the oath 
were going to be close by waiting for a chance to 
kill him. The scheme was planned well, but Paul's 
nephew heard them talking and went and told Paul in 
prison. Paul sent the boy to the chief captain and 
the chief captain pulled the boy aside while the 
boy recounted the plot against Paul. The chief 
captain sent the boy away and called for two 
centurions, and told them to get two hundred 
soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred archers 
ready to go to Caesarea in the middle of the 
night. The chief captain wrote a letter to Felix 
the governor and explained the happenings at 
Jerusalem. The soldiers went as far as Antipatris, 
then left Paul to go the rest of the way with the 
horsemen. When they got to Caesarea and the 
governor had read the letter, he said he would hear 
Paul and his accusers. Then he commanded that Paul 
be kept in the judgement hall of Herod . This is 
where we leave Paul at the end of Acts 23* 

— Ray Davis 


Children all seem to like action, something that 
is moving fast. Have you ever seen anyone water 
ski? The person that is being pulled by the boat 
is called a skier. He has long narrow things on 
his feet called skis. When the skier is pulled at 
a fast speed , he can stand on the water . The skier 
holds onto a long rope that is attached to the 
boat. In the boat is a person that is called a 
spotter. He checks the water for floating objects. 
If the skier would hit something floating on the 
water, he could be seriously hurt. If the spotter 
sees something, he makes the skier aware of it. In 
a sense we are all skiers. We are being pulled by 
a boat called life and we are going at a fast speed. 

There are two kinds of boats on the sea of 
life. Jesus is the Guide and Spotter of the good 
boat. Satan is the driver of the bad boat which 
has no spotter. The devil only wants us to hold on 
to his rope. He will promise you good things. 
When someone is pulled by his boat, he is pulled to 
ruin. Let's think about the good boat. Jesus will 
not let anything destroy His children that are 
holding onto His rope of life. Jesus is the best 
guide. Also He has walked on the water without 
skis. (Have someone read to you John 6:16-21) 

Children, we can all be spotters. If you see 
something that will hurt your little friends, 
quickly tell them. But most of all, always hold to 
the rope that is attached to the body of Jesus. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: 11 


Jesus is my loving Saviour, 

He is so precious to me; 
how I love and adore Him 

For all His mercies so free; 
When I was lost on the mountains 

Barren and dark and cold, 
He sought the sheep that was straying, 

He brought me back to the fold. 

Jesus the sweet Rose of Sharon, 

Jesus the Lily so fair; 
Jesus my rock and salvation, 

Jesus the bright morning star; 
He is my portion forever, 

My all in all is He 
With Him I cannot be lonely, 

He fully satisfies me. 

Jesus was born in a manger, 

Wept in the garden alone; 
Poured out His life's blood on Calvary, 

Died for our sin to atone; 
Rose from the grave more than conqueror, 

Went to His home on high; 
Soon He is coming in glory, 

Coming in clouds of the sky. 

— Geo Nennard 

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Sanford Shank was making a point for Christian 
education. "Who can tell me the theme of the book 
of Haggai?" No hands were raised. Some of us had 
read it fairly recently, but still had difficulty 
expressing its message clearly. Haggai is part of 
God's Word and actually gives a clear message to 
the people to get busy rebuilding the temple after 
their return from captivity. It is a book to urge, 
encourage, and strengthen the nation during a 
difficult time. The point is that, though many of 
us have been exposed to the Bible and Christian 
teaching all our lives, there is still room for 
growth through study. 

Schools have reopened for another term. Parents 
recognise the need for children and young people to 
learn in preparation for normal living. The 
government insists on it. But Christian parents 
have an even greater goal in mind for their children 
— to prepare for this life and the life to come. 

The Christian school's movement and home schools 
claim more students each term. The reasons for 
this are not all negative . We do want to avoid the 
temptations and traps of "the world" through public 
schools. But the greater reasons should be the 
opportunity for students to learn Christian values. 

In the past the very purpose for children to 
learn to read was so that they could study the 

How about Christians as adults? We certainly 
want to prepare our children for useful Christian 
service. But should it stop when school is finally 
over? My father-in-law at 86 says he is still 

What are ways we can learn as adults seeking 


improvement, growth, and knowledge of God? 

We learn by experience. "Experience is the best 
teacher." Not really, but it is a good one. A cat 
seems to need many experiences to learn. Cats are 
independent and persistent. But Christians should 
learn more easily. If we speak indiscreetly about 
someone and are overheard, it should teach us to be 
more careful about how we criticize. It was said 
of a brother that recently passed away that he did 
not speak evil of others. He had learned this 
lesson well. 

If we are embarrassed by a question about the 
book of Haggai, perhaps we should study it so that 
does not happen again! 

A question on the street about our Christian 
belief and practices can urge us to define them 
more clearly in our open minds. We can learn from 
experience, but even then it is easy to forget. 

We can learn from others. To allow someone to 
teach us requires humility and a willingness to be 
taught. Are we able to put ourselves "in someone 
else's shoes" to benefit from his experience? It 
will sometimes spare us the pain of an actual 
experience of our own. Perhaps you have seen a 
moving line of sheep following a leader. As the 
one ahead jumps over an object (real or imagined,) 
the ones following jump, too. Paul says, "Be ye 
followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." 
Sheep follow each other blindly, but Christians can 
follow discreetly, choosing good examples and 
refusing poor ones. 

We can learn, most of all, from God's Word. 
Again Paul writes, "Study to shew thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 
2:15) God's Word is the final authority. It is 
the test of truth, and after all, sincere study is 
a search for truth. As a youth I had (subconscious- 
ly, I know) the idea that what was written was true 
and realistic. We soon find out how far off this 


idea is. Volumes are being written that are 
misleading and false. 

Jesus, praying to the Father said, "Sanctify 
them through thy truth: thy word is truth." Frank 
Gaebelein declares that "all truth is God's truth." 
He maintains that there should be no separation of 
truth into sacred and secular. When we learn from 
God's Word it is like drinking from a clear spring 
at its very source. 

We learn from God ' s Word in the preaching 
service. Our best preparation for learning here is 
a hunger for God's Word as for a nutritious meal. 
One of our hymns says regarding a waiting 

Now Thy gracious word invites them 

To partake the gospel feast 

Let Thy Spirit sweetly draw them; 

Every soul be Jesus' guest. 

The Word of God is vital food for our souls. The 
minister through which the message comes deserves 
to speak to those who are hungry for the truth. 

We learn from God's Word in private study. We 
will be blessed in our study if we set some goals. 
We might set out to know the content and purpose of 
every book of Scripture. Our personal goals might 
be to improve our submission to God or to know Him 
better or to serve Him more effectively. Sincere 
Bible study can help us in these areas. 

To accomplish our goals requires a plan like a 
business venture needs a course of action. Set 
aside some time. Read regularly and prayerfully. 
Use commentaries and study guides guarded ly^ 
remembering they are man's work. 

Surely our learning does not need to stop when 
we leave school. All our days are opportunities to 
learn more of God's "blest ways." We should study, 
not because we read it in The Pilgrim, but because 
it is a priceless privilege given by God to benefit 
us here and in eternity. --L.C. 



Let us not be among those who say, "My Lord 
delayeth His coming." We are in the end of time; 
the falling away is now here. there are many who 
profess with much noise and show, but so few who 
are willing to give up all for Jesus. I believe 
the conditionless grace teaching has done more to 
destroy true Bible Christianity than any other 
doctrine. Do we really believe the mighty God is 
so weak as to allow sin to go on living in our 
lives? Jesus came down to destroy the works of the 
devil. That means His grace gives us the power to 
go and sin no more. I know of no greater freedom 
than to be free from the bondage of sin. Sin binds; 
it enslaves; its way is hard. But it is, oh, so 
deceiving I People who allow a certain amount of 
sin to live in their lives become so hard that their 
conscience no longer bothers them. But they become 
very uneasy with people who talk about being 
perfect, or living holy lives in Christ Jesus. If 
we are children of light, we will walk in the 
light. Light exposes all evil. That's why Satan 
hates it. God's Word is a light to our path always. 

I believe there are many, who for the most part 
know right and wrong, but the materialism and 
pleasures of this present evil world have lulled 
them into a deep sleep. if only we could have no 
other gods before us. If Jesus is really the supreme 
treasure in our hearts, it will show in our lives. 

I believe history repeats itself. We've known 
freedom and ease for so long now, we think it will 
go on forever. But time is short, and the days will 
be shortened. The world is rapidly changing; evil 
is marching openly in the land. Wickedness and 
evil always lead to violence. And I believe open 
persecution is very near. Will we wake up, and be 
ready to meet our Lord? Or will we scoff at any- 
thing negative, go back to sleep, and be destroyed. 
Today is the day of salvation! 

— Kevin Garber, Twain Harte, California 



Having been impressed by a recent experience with 
the young people, we decided to share it with you. 

We had a job too big for us to do alone, so we 
asked a young married brother to supervise our 
group of young people to help on this task we so 
much needed done. They worked with a zeal cheer- 
fully and willingly. Before they left, they polite- 
ly thanked us for the refreshments, adding that it 
felt good to do something worthwhile together. 

It impressed us so much to hear from them, how 
they want to help out where needed by working 
together for a good cause. Let us encourage this 
spirit by giving them opportunities, even though it 
is humbling sometimes to ask for help. 

We want to express appreciation for the group of 
respectful young people we as a fellowship have 
been blessed with. There have been faithful 
teaching and examples by parents and others for 
this to be. Also, this shows the young people are 
embracing them so far. The kindness and respect to 
us older ones and during church services and at our 
Love Feasts does not go unnoticed . To hear your 
young, clear vioces rise in song to our Heavenly 
Father is such an inspiration to many of us. Deep 
appreciation is felt to know you engage in respect- 
ful activities, not going to movies and questionable 
places. There are so many children looking up to 
you for examples. If you are faithful in little 
things, you will likely be in bigger things too. 

Should any of us, old or young, boast? Surely 
not, but we should be very thankful and humbly say, 
"We have done only that which is our duty to do." 

We had another experience recently which portrays 
a different picture. Since we knew very little 
about one side of one of our family's history we 
decided to learn more about them. We were given a 
copy of the family's history and were saddened to 
learn of much departure from the true values and 


Biblical principles that at one time meant so much 
to Great-great-grandfather who left the old country 
to come to this country where there was religious 
freedom. As we read we were impressed with the 
thought that our example of unfaithfulness could 
encourage our posterity to lose out in Biblical 
principles. We realize each soul that is at the 
age of accountability will be responsible for his 
own unfaithfulness. Grandfather married a divorced 
woman later in life. Now, in our generation, 
several have divorced and remarried. Some have 
departed from the teaching of non-resistence, and 
all but one child and her family have no more 
identity that separates them from the world. It is 
by the grace of God that this happens to be our 
faithful mother and mother-in-law. 

Now to challenge our yoking families . Are you 
tempted to just rest in your parents 1 labors you so 
much appreciate? We believe each generation must 
also see that they themselves are convicted to hold 
to these important Biblical principles and pass 
them on to their children too. This is done by 
personally living a dedicated life for Jesus, 
faithful Bible study, and family worship in the 
home, singing and praying together, and most of all 
bearing the fruits of the Spirit in your daily life. 

Somehow, we feel that this is the desire of all 
young families because you love your children, 
too. We just want to encourage all of you to "keep 
on keeping on" in striving to be faithful to your 
important calling. We know our adversary would 
much rather you would be too occupied with the 
cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches 
than to take time to consider how quickly these 
precious moments of opportunity are gone, never to 

"...Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give 
thee a crown of life." (Revelation 2:10) 

--Betty Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 



ELIZABETH (WAGNER) COVER was born December 4, 
1901, and passed from this life in Modesto, on 
August 22, 1993 » at the age of 91 years, 8 months, 
and 18 days. 

She was born to Daniel W. and Mary (Wolf) Wagner 
on the prairie near Sheridan Lake, Colorado. She 
had two brothers, Clay and Ernest, one sister, 
Susie, and a half-brother, John, all who preceded 
her in death. 

In 1913, the family moved to California, and in 
1916, settled in Modesto. On November 19, 1922, 
she was married to James David Cover. They lived 
continually in the Modesto area and happily 
celebrated a 70th wedding anniversary last November. 

Mother was a homemaker, worked actively in Child 
Evangelism, and spent many years caring for 

She is survived by her beloved husband, and 
their six children: 

Louise Buckley of Modesto; Joseph D. Cover of 
Baltimore, Maryland; Betty Thompson of Exeter, 
California; Robert J. Cover of Smithville, Ohio; 
Richard D. Cover of Northfield, Minnesota; and 
Nancy Ames of Crestwood, Kentucky. Also surviving 
are 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 
one great-great grandchild. 

The family wishes to express their appreciation 
for all the love that has been shown to them at 
this time. 

Funeral services were conducted August 25 at 
Salas Brothers Chapel by David Howard and Leslie 
Cover. Burial was in Wood Colony Cemetery. 

— The Family 



We of the Eastern district have decided to hold 
our fall Lovefeast and Communion meeting the 2nd 
and 3rd of October, the Lord willing. A hearty 
invitation is extended to all to attend and enjoy a 

time of spiritual fellowship and encouragement. 

— MelvLn Coning 

We » the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on October 16 and 17 • 
We sincerely welcome all to come and be with us at 
this time of communion and revival. 

--Joseph L. Cover 


On August 8, we were happy to have Glen and 
Rachel Hoover unite with us by Christian baptism. 
We rejoice for the added fellowship and support for 
the cause of truth. May they be true to the One 
who brought life and salvation to all who will 
faithfully serve Him. 

--Melvin Coning 


Matthew 25 : 34 : "Then shall the King say unto 
them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my 
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from 
the foundation of the world." I believe this 
explains why the world was created. God wanted 
family controlled by love to live and enjoy 
eternity with Him. As it is written "For thy 
pleasure they are and were cheated." 

— Ernest Wagner 


"WHAT IS OUR MISSION?" (Continued from last month) 

When approaching non-Christians, good questions 
are crucial. "Are you a Christian?" is a simple, 
easy one for an opener. A "yes" response might be 
led on by "How do you see our Christian walk as be- 
ing different from the world?" Their response will 
tell you if they are nominal Christians or the real 
thing; and the conversation can lead on from there. 

A "no" response might be led on by asking, 
"Suppose you were to become a Christian, how do you 
see that changing the way you live?* Another one 
might be, "What do you think of when you think of 
Christians?" Their response will indicate how they 
view Christianity and can be led on from there. 

Another question might be, "Do you think you've 
fallen short of the standard of loving God and lov- 
ing others?" "Could you love your enemies?" "What 
is your standard for behaviour?" You should explain 
that Christ gives us the power and ability to do 
all things, but of ourselves we can do no good. 

Another question might be, "Do you think Jesus 
can solve your problems?" Always think of questions 
that will lead the conversation deeper; keep them 
thinking, if they will. 

Don't be afraid to pray with them and even get 
their phone number and address for future follow- 
ups, if they wish. The more experience you get 
with question asking, the easier it becomes, and 
you can think of more questions. Sometimes it 
depends on the situation as to how you begin. In 
fact, at times people will say just the right thing 
for you to respond to, if you are alert, listening, 
and thinking. For example, I have heard this 
phrase countless times, "I just want to die'" I 
see this as either an appeal for comfort and 
reassurance, or of frustration and anger sometimes 
accompanied by profane language. At any rate, it's 
a great opportunity to respond to them. 

Don't be afraid to rebuke the sin around you — 


such as in a restaurant overhearing the name of God 
spoken as a curse. Would you have the courage to 
approach them and explain who God is and what Jesus 
Christ did for us? Christ can give us that courage! 

Jesus asked many questions, and His purpose was 
to get people to think. If He would have just 
stood there and preached, telling thera everything, 
His ministry would not have been as effective 
because the people would not have been participat- 
ors- For some examples: 

"Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5:6) 

"For if you practice loving only those who love 
you, what reward will you get?" (Matthew 5:46 WNT) 

"Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? (Mt 

"The baptism of John, whence was it? from 
heaven, or of men? (Mt. 21:25) 

"Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise 
in your hearts? (Luke 24:28) 

"Lovest thou me more than these?" (John 21:15-17) 

Thought provoking questions are a great tool to 
get through to people. The Pharisees quit asking 
Him questions because He was uprooting their 
traditions and theology. (Mt. 22:46) 

So we must ask the questions , the hard 
questions, and be ready to give the bold answers 
which may be unrealistic-sounding to the worldly- 
minded because of differences in philosophy and 
outlook on life in general. 

"Thus the Gospel closes with commission and 
comfort for our glorious Lord. Nearly twenty 
centuries later His words have the same cogency f 
the same relevance, the same application. The task 
is still incomplete. What are We doing to carry 
out His last command?" (MacDonald, William, 
"Believers Bible Commentary, " Nashville, Thomas 
Nelson Publishers, 1990 p. 129) 

We need "stir ring-up. " 

Each person must be right with God before he can 


be an effective witness for Christ. 

First things first. If we are married, our wife 
and family is our great commission FIRST. 

Missions include our neighborhoods, communities, 
state, other states, and other countries- Where we 
work is a great mission field, especially if you 
deal with the public. Farmers might find their 
"fields" more difficult to obtain any response, yet 
whatever we do, opportunities abound. 

Active evangelism, social concern, and living 
witness have been identified as three forms of 

We must BE and we must DO. We must speak great 
things AND we must live them. 

We must prepare ourselves with questions to ask 
non-Christians. If the right questions are asked, 
much can be revealed about a person. Study the 
questions Jesus asked. He is our example and 

Today we do not face the threats that the early 
Church faced; we face freedom, but freedom ha3 
conceived complacency among other things. Other 
things have replaced the fervency of the Spirit 
that the early Christians had. We should be 
ashamed of ourselves. 

They gave their lives to proclaim the name of 
Jesus Christ; they endured torture and prison. 
Near the end of Paul's life, he faced Agrippa: 

"Then Agrippa answered Paul, 'In brief you are 
trying to persuade me and make a Christian of me! ' 
Paul answered, 'In brief or at length, I would to God 
that not only you but all my hearers today were what 
I am— excepting these chains!'" (Acts 26:28,29 WNT) 

I belive Paul fulfilled his desire to "magnify 
Christ in his body." (Phil. 1:20) What are we 
doing and saying to magnify Christ in our bodies? 

"...Magnified by lips that bear happy testimony to 
Him; magnified by hands employed in His happy 
service; magnified by feet only too happy to go on 
His errands; magnified by knees happily bent in 


prayer for His kingdom; magnified by shoulders 
happy to bear one another's burdens." (King, Guy H. 
"Joy Way" London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd. , 

1954, P. 510 

— Ronald L. Cable Goshen, Indiana 


Jesus, while living in the world as we are, 
showed us how to live and overcome the spirit of 
this world. He was in control of all situations as 
He met them, because He knew and trusted His 
heavenly Father. 

Jesus , on ear th , fought and won the greatest 
battle ever fought on earth. His weapons were "not 
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down 
of strong holds." (II Corinthians 10:4) 

Most translations use the words self control for 
temperance . It was one of the weapons Jesus used, 
and His enemies marveled at it. Matthew 27:14 
says , "But he answered him to never a word ; 
insomuch that the governor marveled greatly." 

Self control is such a vital part of our 
Christian testimony that when we fail in it, it 
always brings sorrow and defeat, and hinders our 
ability to bear fruit that brings honor and glory 
to God. When we fail in self control it gives our 
enemy an advantage, because he knows we have lost 
faith in the God we claim to serve. 

As we claim the Gospel of peace and nonresist- 
ence, and total commitment and trust in God's will 
in everything we have and even our own life — this 
claim is only valid in a life of temperance or self 

May we bear the image of Christ in all of life's 
encounters, that the world may know that Christ is 
still alive, and is living in those that have put 
full confidence and trust in Him. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



We find Paul in Antipatris in Herod's judgement 
hall at the first of Acts 24. Acts 23 ends with 
the vow of over forty Jews to kill Paul before they 
would eat. He was sent to Antipatris by night, 
well guarded. 

Felix was the governor in Caesarea at the time 
and he was the one put in charge of judging Paul. 
Ananias, who was the Jewish high priest, came down 
with others to accuse Paul. With him they brought 
an orator, or a speaker that could use flowery 
words to "prove" Paul's guilt. 

It is almost comical to read Terti^Hus' speech- 
He told at least 8 lies in the course of his 
speech. If you read verses 2 through 8 you will 
see a few, if not all of them. 

There were some good discussions on several 
verses. One was verse 16. Paul is speaking: "And 
herein do I exercise myself to have always a 
conscience void of offense toward God and, toward 
men." What a good resolve for all of us! That 
sparked the question of "What is our conscience?" 
Some of the answers: "The knowledge of right and 
wrong which may vary with different teaching." 
"The Spirit of God in us steering us from wrong and 
to the right." Pilate and Felix reacted similarly. 
Both wanted to gain favor with the Jews, so they 
went against their consciences. 

It is quite obvious that Felix had the wrong 
idea for trying to release him. Verse 26 shows he 
wanted a bribe from Paul so he could be set free. 
Paul didn't give way to a bribe even though the 
Christians probably would have been able to gather 
enough together. Maybe this would be a good 
example for us to leave the trials we may face in 
the Lord's hands. 

— Peter Cover 


"Oh, is it true that there's a God in heaven?" 

Perhaps in doubt your heart has sometimes cried, 

"And is it true by Him are blessings given, 

And all the soul's deep longings satisfied?" 

"Can it be proved, this wondrous Jesus story, 
Which has been told so many times again, 
That He would leave the realms of heavenly glory, 
In love divine, to die for sinful men?" 

"This Bible--are you sure it's not a fable, 

Or some great legend handed down the years?" 

Oh! But it has proved true — our God is fully able, 

His mighty works with men should calm our fears. 

Oh yes, I know — we haven't really seen Him, 
But some men have , and they have written down, 
A record, that if we in trust, believing, 
The answers to our quests can there be found. 

There is no use by human reasoning trying, 
God's ways cannot so thus be understood. 
'Tis only when the soul, on faith relying, 
Believes His Word, will life turn out for good. 

The ways of God are deep beyond all measure 

For human minds to understand and grasp; 

It takes the key of faith to find the hidden 

The wondrous mysteries of His Word unclasp. 

So from your restless strugglings, cease--and 

In faith and trust to Christ to see you through, 
You'll find an inner peace you'll be receiving, 
And God will give you grace--to Him be truel 

--Rhoda Coning 
Goshen, Indiana 


I read a story about a 70 year old woman who 
retired from the farm. She moved to an old house 
that had no insulation. To keep the cold winds 
from making the floors so cold, she put bales of 
straw around the house. 

One day in the spring she was bringing in the 
mail and walked over to the straw bales, thinking 
it was time to move them to the strawberry patch. 
She noticed a little red bud sitting on top of one 
bale. Thinking a child had picked one of her 
tulips, she started to pick it up. She was 
surprised to find it attached to its stem. 

Breaking apart the bale, she found the bud had 
forced its way through the tight straw. With the 
straw removed, it was yellow and unable to stand 
alone. So Grandma built a support for it. The 
gangling plant on its homemade support was not a 
pretty flower. But the sight of the bright little 
tulip lifted to the sunlight did something for each 
person who saw it. It said our circumstances and 
surroundings are not important. All of us are born 
to bloom exactly where we are planted, 

That is the thought I want to leave with you 
children. Each child is planted (or born) just 
where God wants us and in the way He wants us. We 
may be in a wheelchair or crippled. We may be an 
only child or a girl with all brothers and wish we 
could have a sister. Let us all smile and bloom 
just where we are planted. 

— Nancy Oyler 

Story from Farm Wife News 


Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 40 NOVEMBER, 1993 NO. 11 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


My God, I thank Thee, who hast made 

The earth so bright, 

So full of splendor and of joy, 

Beauty and light, 

So many glorious things are here, 

Noble and right. 

I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made 

Joy to abound, 

So many gentle thoughts and deeds 

Circling us and round; 

That in the darkest spot of earth, 

Some love is found. 

I thank Thee more that all our joy, 

Is touched with pain; 

That shadows fall on brightest hours, 

That thorns remain, 

So that earth's bliss may be our guide, 

And not our chain. 

I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept 

The best in store; 

We have enough, yet not too much 

To long for more, 

A yearning for a deeper peace 

Not known before. 

— Adelaide Anne Proctor, 1858 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $&00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 96379 


A young boy having a meal at a friend's house 
noticed that they did not give thanks for the 
food. He commented frankly (as children do), "You 
folks are like my dog. He just eats." 

At this season we are reminded of our duty to be 
thankful and to express that thankfulness. As we 
think of the many favors from God, we have to 
wonder if there are not areas of blessing where we 
"just eat" and do not thank Him "who giveth us 
richly all things to enjoy." 

One of these areas in which we may not be as 
thankful as we should be is the example we receive 
from others — especially older ones. We know that 
God uses parents and leaders as well as brethren 
and sisters to teach us by word and example. We 
may not always readily receive such teaching, not 
to mention being thankful for it. Here we can miss 
a great benefit. 

In this issue we have the obituary of Amos 
Baker, my wife's father. He lived a long life and 
in many ways, he was a good example. In his long 
affliction he was patient and uncomplaining. He 
was punctual — on time — and one of his recommend- 
ations to me was to "make the best use of your 
time." Some of these old fashioned virtues are 
being lost in our fast, modern generation. We know 
the good messages we receive from one another are 
from God, and may His be the praise. Jesus is our 
great example, and we should follow the example of 
men only as they follow Christ. 

This duty of receiving and being living examples 
to one another appears to me as one of the great 
needs of our time. To allow the Lord Jesus to 
speak and work through us is a privilege we all 
have. Particularly is this a need in the family. 


Children are blessed indeed when they have parents 
who live godly lives 5 they are sadly deprived when 
this is lacking. 

The political focus on schools of today vividly 
points to this need for exemplary teachers* Money 
can be provided through grants, a voucher system, 
or any one of many channels. But unless there is 
faithful example in the home, school, and church, 
the money is meaningless. The world today needs 
parents and other "role models" who live godly 
lives before our children. We who have been 
blessed with this, truly have something to praise 
God for in this thanksgiving season. 

To be ready to receive the example from a 
brother, we need special grace. To be an example 
also requires God's help. Paul wrote to Timothy 
"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an 
example of the believers, in word, in conversation, 
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 

Those of us who had older brothers and sisters 
in the family should be especially thankful if 
these were good examples. We followed their steps 
without realizing we were being taught. When they 
made mistakes and were punished, it fixed a lesson 
in our hearts, too. 

Some have said that every single person, even 
those we meet for a very short time, influences our 
lives in some way. If it is true, then how 
important it is to fellowship with faithful friends! 
And how thankful we should be for them! It also 
makes us realize how much we need the Spirit of God 
to protect us when we are in poor company, and to 
give us power to be good examples to those who 
desperately need the testimony — that the influence 
might be in the direction of godliness. 

Children and young people especially need this 
testimony of a good example. Israel had au army, 
but it was made up of men "from twenty years old 
and upward... all that were able to go to war." 
Younger ones still needed to learn the use of the 


weapons and gain the courage to stand in the time 
of war . We read of the heroes of some of these 
ancient battles. King David had a special group of 
thirty mighty men — tremendous in strength, courage 
and victories against the enemies. Over these were 
two sets of three even mightier than the others. 
(Notice that Joab, the captain, is not mentioned, 
but may have been mightiest of all.) These were 
outstanding In their example to the young men. 
What courage they demonstrated for the children to 
talk about and aspire to Imitate I 

There are heroes like this in every age and in 
every category. For some it is the sports heroes. 
For others the intellectuals or the political 
figures. Those in the Christian faith have a 
"great cloud of witnesses" who went before us. 
They were the real heroes who gave their lives to 
God to be used as examples in life or in death. 
James was martyred in the beginning of his 
Christian journey. John, his brother, was spaced 
to live a long life of testimony, and left writings 
given him by God for the instruction of all ages. 

Not all the good examples were in Bible times. 
We can be thankful for the hymn writers, the tire- 
less preachers, the students who labored long to 
give us study guides such as Strong's and Cruden's 
concordances. The list goes on and includes the 
faithful mothers and fathers — forgotten on earth, 
but remembered in Heaven for eternity. May we be 
in the number who influence and are influenced for 
good in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. 

Will we take our priceless examples for granted? 
Or will we thankfully acknowledge our need for one 
another as God works to perfect us in His Son Jesus 
Christ. — L.C. 

The most valuable gift we can give another is a 
good example. 

— Selected 



To Christians who do not read God's Word with a 
goal of at least ten chapters per day. 

Encouragements : 

You will be judged by God's Word, Get to know 
the Judge. Make it a goal to know God's Word. 
Make it a goal to read ten chapters per day (at 
least the average of ten per day.) Make time in 
each day to read. Get up earlier in the morning. 
Stay up later at night. Make It better to read 
God's Word even when sleepy than to stay wide awake 
and not read it. Seek to God In prayer for alert- 
ness, wisdom, understanding, and efficient use of 
your time. Job said, "I have esteemed the words of 
his mouth more than cay necessary food." Make notes 
and cross-references in your Bible. If you don't 
have much time for God's Word, it won't have much 
time for you. The second death isn't much time 
compared to eternal life. To know God's Word is to 
know Jesus whom He sent. To know Jesus is life 
eternal. Praise God for His Word! 

Some resulting facts when using the recommended 

There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Ten 
chapters per day for one year (365 days) equals 
3,650 chapters or the equivalent of reading the 
complete Bible three times in one year. The actual 
Bible will be read, in its entirety, in 250 days. 
Any one chapter will have been read in the last 250 
days, and many, in less time. Because of becoming 
more acquainted with God's Word in a shorter time, 
no doubt, God's Word will become as a whole or as a 
unit, instead of being sixty-six separate parts or 
books; yea, even becoming a living part of your 
life. Knowing God's Word as a unit will help in 
the study of any single chapter or book. 


A recommended reading follows. Read to the 
glory and praise of God and His Christ. 

— Fred Miller, (reprinted) 



Read one chapter from each of the ten groups for 
a total of ten chapters for each day. The chapters 
of each group are to be read in progression, 
beginning with the first chapter. When the last 
chapter in that group is finished, return to the 
first chapter In the same group and continue 
reading. Put a list of these groups in your Bible 
for reference. 


1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts. 

2. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, 

3. Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, 
Ephesians , Phiiippians , Colos^3 L u is , H<>1> rews ♦ 

4. I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, 
Philemon, James, I & II Peter, I, II, III John, Jude, 

5. Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon 

6 . Psalms . 

7. Proverbs. 

8. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II 
Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. 

9. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, 
Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, 
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, 

10. Read alternately: Hebrews 11 & I Corinthians 

The Bible reading schedule was first selected by 
Fred Miller for the October, 1982, Pilgrim. We 
reprint it here by request and in an effort to 


encourage Bible reading. To read ten chapters a 
day takes a little over 1/2 hour depending on your 
reading speed and the length of the chapters. In 
my reading I have eliminated number 10 and divided 
number nine into two groups after Daniel. This 
covers the minor prophets frequently and you might 
not wish to continue it indefinitely. I also 
divided number one after Luke and combined numbers 
5 and 7. I usually read two chapters from each 

group taking two days to complete it. You can 
adjust this schedule to your needs or use another 
one. But the main idea is to read God's Word and 
become familiar with it. Learn to know its Divine 
Author. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I 
might not sin against thee." (Psalm 119:11) — L.C. 


Our beloved father, Amos Baker, was born March 
11, 1907, the youngest child of Jesse and Sophia 
(Smith) Baker to complete the family with Isaac, 
Bertie, and Abraham on the Baker Homestead. 

Following his early nurturing was a long walk to 
Concord Public School with his older brother 
Abraham. Plowing with horses, grafting fruit 
trees, and carving whistles from basswood were part 
of his youth on the farm. 

On March 3, 1937, he married Edna Reaman, a 
neighbour from across the road, and here their four 
children bustled with milking, raised hogs, 
harvested the grains, made maple syrup, and 
entertained a constant flow of guests. 

Punctuality and order were important; also Bible 
memorization and "living within your means." Daddy 
often took his family to visit shut-ins, and more 
than one indigent, distant relative came and found 
a home for their sunset years when they had nowhere 
else to "go. While his children attended Concord 
School he gave diplomatic service to the community 
as a trustee of the local school board while the 
one room classroom blossomed into seven. The rural 


neighborhood could rely on Daddy ' s help when there 
was a need. To eager young boys seeking their 
first job, he gave work cutting wood. 

On September 26, 1948, Amos and Edna were 
baptized on confession of their faith in the 
atoning blood of Jesus and were loyal members of 
the Old Brethren Church. Daddy was sensitive to 
his stewardship of the land and outstanding in 
conservation and in his concern for the trees, 
maintaining the buildings, and reminding us of our 
frugal heritage from pioneer days. He, in his 
lifetime, witnessed growth and development not only 
in farming methods, but also in population of the 

The Lord allowed Daddy to go through many years 
of confinement, suffering, and limited mobility. 
His family can testify to his quiet acceptance of 
this, his patience in tribulation, and to his 
peaceful passing on September 14, 1993. All praise 
to God! He was so thankful to be able to live in 
his home where he was so kindly cared for by his 
family and was able to see six of the seven 
generations who lived in the same house. 

He is the last of his generation to be called 
Home. He follows his parents, older brothers and 
sister, and his wife of 55 years, and one grand 
daughter, Betty Baker. Those who will miss him 
most are his four children: Paul and Mary Baker of 
Maple, Ontario; Martha and Leslie Cover of 
Tuolumne, California; Mary Ann and David Martin of 
Dalton, Ohio; Elizabeth and John Drudge of 
Wroxeter, Ontario; 21 grandchildren who were a 
great joy to him and for whom he prayed daily; 7 
great grandchildren; brothers-in-law Isaac and Ruth 
Reaman, Floyd Perkins, and Lawrence Denby. 

The family wishes to thank all those who took 
time, over these many years, to come and visit 
Daddy , or phone , pray , or write encouraging letters 
to him. 

With his complete family present, funeral 
services were held on September 17, at his home by 


Elder Leslie Cover and at Heise Hill Brethren in 
Christ Church by Elder Melvin Coning and Elder 
Kenneth Martin. His body was laid to rest with his 
ancestors and neighbours in the nearby Baker Cober 
Cemetery. "I will meet you in the morning..." 

— The Family 


Swift the moments fly away, Think, my soul, awake and see 

First the hour, and then the day, What will soon become of thee; 

Next the week, the month, the year, Whither tending, canst thou tell— 

Steal away, and disappear. Up to heaven, or down to hell? 

Time is ever on the wing, Jesus, I would humbly pray, 

While I speak, or think, or sing; Guide and keep me in the way. 

Whether night, or whether day, Every gift and grace bestow; 

Time is rolling fast away! Wean my heart from things below. 

— A morning worship favorite of Daddy's 

A life is lived and death has come, 
And taken one away. 
He suffered much but now has rest. 
God called to endless day. 

He'll not return to suffering here, 
But we can go with him, 

When Christ has come and raised the dead, 
And Heaven we enter in. 

Examples he has left with us 
What he believed to show, 
And his desire for us would be 
That all his Lord might know. 

We may be sure that each of us 
God, in this life will test. 
Just take the lot that God has sent, 
And with it do your best. 
— James Beery, 

written in memory of Amos Baker 



5. Make the hone pleasant and attractive to your 

I said in a former chapter that the wife should 
strive to make the home as much like heaven as 
possible for the husband. So father and mother 
together should strive to make the home as much 
like heaven as possible for the children. Be 
pleasant and attractive yourselves, and try to make 
everything around you so. Dress occasionally for 
your children, as well as for the stranger, or the 
street, or the public gathering. Cultivate in your 
children a love for the beautiful things of nature, 
for birds, and flowers, and minerals, and for the 
beautiful things of art. Keep those things in and 
around your home, especially in the living room. 
Economize somewhere else if necessary in order to 
provide papers and magazines suitable for the 
children. Indulge freely in pictures and picture 
books, for pictures are the delight of children. 
Do not put all the beautiful things in the parlor 
and then forbid that room to the children. 

Provide an abundance of amusements and 
recreations, but admit to your home no game or 
amusement by means of which your children, as they 
go out into society, or into the world, will be in 
any danger of being led into bad society or bad 
habits , or of leading others into them. There are 
such games and amusements, and I am sorry to say 
that they are sometimes admitted to Christian homes. 

Be at home all you can. I pity the children 
whose parents prefer the ball-room, or fashionable 
party, or theater, to the home. And I pity those 
parents, too. "What shall the harvest be?" is a 
question they would do well to ask. Give the best 
of yourself, your time, your means, to making home 
pleasant and attractive. Do this, and your 
children when young will not be drawn into the 
street or to the place of evil resort. And when 


they grow to be men and women they will always look 
back with joy upon the home of their childhood, and 
speak of it with pride. 

The effort to make home pleasant for the 
children may save you the scalding tear and the 
hopeless anguish which many a parent has had for a 
dissipated son or a ruined daughter. 

Try in every way you can to make your children 
happy. It is so easy to bring joy to a child's 
heart. It can be done in a hundred little ways 
that cost but little. Jean Paul, a great German 
writer, wrote many wise things, but the best thing 
he ever wrote was this: 

"I love God and little children." 

If a loving God has given you little children, 
prize them as among heaven's richest gifts. Give 
them all the sunshine you can. Their cares will 
come soon and last long. 

—by R.T.Cross from HOME DUTIES, 1896-1899 


FLORA — A daughter, Holly Elyse, born September 20, 
to Greg and Elizabeth Flora of Wakarusa, Indiana. 

BEERY — A daughter, Deborah Rose, born September 
23, to Daniel and Miriam Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 

COVER — A daughter , Amanda Joy, born October 21, 
to Jesse and Rachel Cover of Tuolumne, California. 


WAGNER — OYLER Edward Wagner and Deann Oyler were 
married August 7, in Modesto, California. 

New Address: 1905 Anderson Rd. Apt. 253 

Davis, CA 95616 
(916) 662-8898 



Glen and Rachel Hoover 25133 C.R. 36 

Goshen, IN. 46526 
(219) 862-2732 

Viola Wolf 1259 North Chippewa 

Greenville, OH. 45331 

Dan Mohler's phone (209) 599-7772 


When man lost fellowship with God, he also lost 
fellowship with his fellowman. 

The first account of man's relationship with one 
another, after the fall, was of Cain's slaying his 

The cause of all human misery and sin comes from 
losing fellowship with God and then one another. 

We are seeing the fulfillment of Scriptures 
prophesying of the breakdown of human relationships 
and end time moral decay of society* In light of 
these world conditions, how is God revealing 
Himself today? 

In time past God revealed Himself to man in 
various ways: His power shook the earth, He calmed 
the raging storm, healed the sick, brought the dead 
back to life, and much more. 

For us to bear fruit that brings honor and glory 
to God we must be knowledgeable of how He reveals 
Himself to fallen man today, and be involved in it. 

When man becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus, 
God has what He wanted ever since man fell from His 
fellowship amd communion. So of all the things 
that God has powerfully displayed before man, there 
is none greater than to behold a new creation. 
This is the strongest witness and testimony against 
all evil, because it is proof that all men could 
become righteous before God without excuse. 

In these last days, we, the church, the called 
out ones, have been called to prove God as all 


powerful In restoring mankind. The marvel of this 
new creation is that the fellowship of man is being 
restored to what God wants it to be. (I John 1:7) 

We are called to be a "royal priesthood, an holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that we should shew 
forth the praise of Him who hath called (us) out of 
darkness into His marvelous light:" where man can 
see and hear a collective and united voice of 
righteousness, peace , and joy in the Holy Spirit — 
where man can see prophecy being fulfilled: Isaiah 
61:9 : "And their seed shall be known among the 
Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: 
all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they 
are the seed which the Lord hath blessed." Isaiah 
62:3: "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the 
hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of 
thy God." 

Philipians 2:15: "That ye may be blameless and 
harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the 
midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom 
ye shine as lights in the world," that all men 
might see and know that fellowship with God and man 
is restored to His will. — Kenneth Martin 

Philippians 4:6: "Be careful for nothing; but 
in everything by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto 
God." God knows what we need before we ask, but He 
wants us to feel the need enough to ask and feel 
thankful for each gift. 


In Psalm 103 David tells us many benefits we can 
expect to receive, when we remember to thank the 
Lord when we receive them. The Lord wants to hear 
praise and thanks from us and He will reward us for 
it. Hebrews 13:15: "By him therefore let us offer 
the sacrifice of praise tp God continually, that 
is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his 
name." — Ernest Wagner 


In the last chapter we studied, Paul requested 
to be sent to Rome to be judged by Caesar. Felix 
had to concede to send Paul. While Paul was at 
Caesarea, King Agrippa came to visit Felix and hear 
Paul. This is where we enter chapter 26. Paul is 
in front of King Agrippa, and has been given the 
right to speak. He says that he is happy to speak 
about what he is accused of by the Jews. Paul makes 
the reference to how much knowledge King Agrippa has 
about the Law. Paul describes his youth as a 
Pharisee doing things contrary to the name of Jesus 
Christ. He states how he received authority to put 
the saints in prison, later to kill them. Then Paul 
told Agrippa what happened on the road to 
Damascus. Paul said, "As I journeyed along the 
road, I and the people with me saw a great light 
that was brighter than the sun. I fell down and a 
voice said, 'Saul, why do you persecute me?' I 
answered and said, 'Who are you?' Then the voice of 
heaven said, 'I am Jesus.' I was told to rise and 
witness both of what I saw and what was to appear 
to me. I have been obedient to do this in Damascus, 
Jerusalem, throughout all the coast of Judaea, and 
to the Gentiles, telling them to repent and turn to 
Jesus. For this the Jews wish to kill me. With 
help from God I have continued unto this day, 
ministering of what Moses said. That is, Christ 
was going to suffer and die and then be raised from 
the dead and give salvation to the Jews and Gentiles 
alike." Then Felix accused Paul of being beside 
himself ♦ But Paul said he was just speaking the 
truth. Then Agrippa told Paul he is almost persuad- 
ed to be a Christian; but Paul says he would like 
every one that was listening to be as much a 
Christian as he. Then the king and they that sat 
with him rose, went aside, and discussed what was 
said. He declared Paul was not guilty of any law 
worthy of death. King Agrippa told Felix that Paul 
would have been given his freedom, but he appealed 
to Caesar. So he had to go and be judged by Caesar. 
This is the ending of chapter 26. — Ray Davis 



A Persian fable says: One day 

A wanderer found a lump of clay 

So redolent of sweet perfume 

Its odors scented all the room. 

"What art thou?" was his quick demand, 

"Art thou some gem from Samarcand, 

Or spikenard in this rude disguise, 

Or other costly merchandise?" 

"Nay: I am but a lump of clay." 

"Then whence this wondrous perfume — say!" 

"Friend, if the secret I disclose, 

I have been dwelling with the rose." 

Sweet parable! and will not those 

Who love to dwell with Sharon's Rose, 

Distill sweet odors all around, 

Though low and mean themselves are found? 

Dear Lord, abide with us that we 

May draw our perfume fresh from Thee. 

— selected from Streams in the Desert 

Can we smell sweet as the rose? As the poem 
says, we also are but old lumps of clay. Clay can 
be put to use or grow hard and old with age. But 
as the Lord works with His clay, the smell becomes 
sweeter to Him and others scent the fragrance of 
the Lord Himself. Bible reading, spending time in 
prayer, making others happy, and living a pure life 
are things the Lord is pleased with. The Lord 
shapes us according to His will, placing us where 
we can best be of service in His Kingdom. A song 
goes: "Just to be of use to Him, this is now our 
constant aim; Pure and strong and true In every- 
thing we do; Cleansed from all our self and pride, 
Yielded to the Crucified, Empty vessels God would 
choose — Meet for the Master's use." The closer we 
are to the Lord, the sweeter and richer smelling 
vessels we will be. 

— Rhoda Cover 



"I love you, Daddy," sang little John, but then 
he pouted and grumbled because he had to help Daddy 
do the chores. 

"I love you, Mama," said little Susie, but then 
she slowly and sloppily did the cleaning that Mama 
had asked her to do. 

"I love you, Grandma," said little Mary, but 
then she and her friends snickered behind Grandma's 
back at the stooped over way she walked. 

"We love you, teacher!" shouted the students, 
but soon they were whispering and doing sloppy work. 

These children didn' t really mean what they 
said, did they? How do we know? What they did 
after they said, "I love you" shows us how much 
they really loved. Do you love enough to do some 
things for someone else when you'd rather do 
something for yourself? 

Your parents love you enough to correct you when 
you do wrong and to provide you with many good 
things. Love them in return. 

May you continue to learn to love enough to do 
"LOVE-LY" things. —Elva Royer 


Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL, 40 DECEMBER, 1993 NO. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Silently the people lay 

In Bethlehem town sleeping; 

Knowing not at breaking day 

God was His promise keeping. 

Quietly the sheep at rest, 

The shepherds give protection* 

They watch the stars, east to west 
Set in gemlike perfection. 

Angel appears to their view, 
The shepherds in amazing, 

Hearing the words old and new 
And hosts of heaven praising. 

Jesus is born, King of All; 

The angel gives direction. 
Find the babe in manger stall 

Of the divine selection. 

Glory be to God on high, 

Peace and good will forever. 

Angels sing in starlit sky 
Returning to the Giver. 

— Joseph I. Cover 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $j5,00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd„ Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Dost thou believe that Jesus Christ is the Son 
of God and that He brought from Heaven a saving 
gospel?" The preacher's voice reverberated over 
the water to the crowd at the baptism scene. More 
quietly, but confidently came the answer, "Yes." 
The question is at the heart of the Gospel. Paul 
writes that it is the word of faith which we 
preach, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth 
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart 
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt 
be saved." 

Jesus' advent into the world was so special, so 
out of the ordinary, that it was going to require 
faith in God in order for men to believe it. And 
yet it is not difficult to believe when we know 
what the Bible says about God. 

Matthew writes, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ 
was on this wise..." And he proceeds to tell of 
the miracle of the virgin birth. He quotes from 
Isaiah 7:14 telling of the sign the Lord gave to 
King Ahaz centuries before it happened: "Behold a 
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall 
call his name Immanuel." Matthew records the 
meaning of this name — of primary importance in our 
belief: "God with us." 

Several Old Testament passages describe God's 
people as a "vine." (Isaiah 5, Psalm 80, Jeremiah 
2:21, Ezekiel 15) In Psalm 80 the "vine" was 
brought from Egypt and planted, replacing the 
heathen. Then the troubles came, and the plea is 
recorded: "Return, we beseech thee, God of 
hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and 
visit this vine." Read this Psalm and see if this 
is not exactly what God did when Jesus came into 
the world. Paul wrote to Timothy, "And without 
controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God 


was manifest in the flesh. . ." Emmanuel, God with 
us I Can we understand and believe what happened 
when Jesus was born in Bethlehem? 

This is what could be expected from God who 
created man, saw him disobey, loved him still, and 
had the wisdom and power to devise a plan to redeem 
him. God visited His people to bring them back to 
Him. In Isaiah 43:11 God declares, "I, even I, am 
the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. No 

one else but God could be the saviour. Is this 
hard to believe? 

Men easily believe the events of history — the 
wars, the rulers, the spread of the empires and 
their falls. We believe these things because they 
were recorded. We have no eye witnesses living; we 
were not there ourselves. But when it comes to 
God's hand and His control in all of history, men 
doubt and look for other explanations. 

Thomas declared that he would believe in the 
resurrection of Jesus only when he could see and 
touch. He became known as "doubting Thomas." But 
Thomas did accept evidence and believed immediately 
when he saw Jesus, and confessed, "My Lord and my 
God." Jesus told him, "Thomas, because thou hast 
seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that 
have not seen, and yet have believed." 

It is actually dangerous to doubt truth. In 
1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was wiped out when a 
dam 12 miles up the river burst during heavy 
rains. 2000 lost their lives. Many could have 
been saved if they had believed the warnings that 
the dam might not hold. We are warned to flee the 
wrath to come and are given the way of escape 
through Jesus Christ. 

It is also an insult to God to doubt His Word. 
You only need ask yourself what you would feel if 
you gave a true offer to a friend and he refused to 
believe you or accept the offer. God's anger rises 
when men do not believe Him. In Psalm 78 Asaph is 
recounting the doubting of the Israelites when God 
promised to feed them and provide for them in the 


wilderness. They complained and expressed their 
doubt. "Therefore the Lord heard this, and was 
wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and 
anger also came up against Israel; Because they 
believed not in God, and trusted not in his 
salvation." (Psalm 78:21,22) 

To me it is strange that so many in our time 
celebrate the birth of Christ without believing the 
Gospel He brought. Perhaps it only shows that much 
of the celebration has nothing to do with the 
Gospel. For Christians it can be an opportunity to 
point men to the Saviour. "What are you 
celebrating?" might be a good question to ask those 
who celebrate and don't believe. If Christians 
observe this time of honoring Jesus' birth, may it 
be a day regarded unto the Lord, giving God 
thanks. May we never be found defending any kind 
of celebration that is dishonoring to the Lord. 

Do we believe that Jesus was born miraculously 
into the world? Do we believe He died an atonement 
for our sins? Do we believe He rose again and 
promises eternal life to believers? Jesus said "Ye 
believe In God, believe also in me." May we not 
doubt His truth, but believe to the saving of our 
souls. -L.C. 


God has many general blessings He bestows on all 
whether they are good or evil. These include the 
sunshine, the rain, the beauties of nature, material 
goods, health, and many more. These are available 
to all in varying degrees if we appreciate them or 

There is another class of blessings of far 
greater value. God bestows them on us under 
certain conditions. We could never earn them. 
They are gifts from God, and are only received by 
His grace. 

These include salvation, His Spirit, true fellow- 


ship, forgiveness of sin, peace, freedom, and 
eternal life with Him. 

God values these so much He places conditions on 
their bestowal. He requires this price, or commit- 
ment to bring us into a condition where we can 
appreciate and properly use them. 

If we are not experiencing any or all of these 
we need only to look in His Word to see why. 

Jesus told Nicodemas that it required being born 
of the water and the Spirit to enter His Kingdom. 
He has further explained that it requires renounc- 
ing evil, and commitment to daily following His 
teachings to enjoy His salvation. 

In Acts 5:32 the apostle says if we walk in the 
light as the Lord is in the light, we will have 
fellowship and cleansing from all sin. 

Romans 2:7 says, if we would enjoy eternal life 

with the Lord; it requires patient continuance in 
well doing. 

In John 8:31,32 Jesus tells us, if we continue 
in His teachings, we are His disciples, and will 
know the truth and it will make us free. 

In Philippians 4:4-7 Paul explains, if we are 
rejoicing in the Lord, demonstrating our moderation, 
and continuing in prayer, supplication, and thanks- 
giving, then the peace of God which passeth under- 
standing will keep our hearts and minds. 

What more desirable situation could we want than 
true fellowship and cleansing from sin, and to 
enjoy lasting freedom and peace? — to have the 
Spirit's continued guidance, assurance of salvation, 
and eternity with our Lord! 

All this and much more the Lord wants to give 
us, if we will only yield to the conditions He 
knows are for our good, and for the building of His 

Would you be blest with riches true 

That none can take away? 

Then there are things that you must do; 

They can be had today. 


These riches can f t be earned or bought; 

As God's free gift they come. 

By few possessed, though often sought, 

Yet they're possessed by some. 

Let's meet His terms so we'll be blest, 
So we can happy be; 

Let's yield to Him and meet the test, 
So He will make us free. 

Then yielded and obedient too, 

The blessings will come down; 

And when on earth our work is through, 

At last we'll gain a crown. 

— James Beery 


Dear Lord, I am so little, still, 

I'm not sure why I'm here. 
I know I am a child of Yours; 

That much is all that's clear. 

I do not have the words, as yet, 

To tell the ones nearby 
That I'm homesick for Your Presence, Lord, 

And so, sometimes, I cry. 

For I'm so lately come from You 

To tarry here awhile, 
That Heaven's light still clings around 

The corners of my smile. 

Give them eyes to see it, Lord; 

Bless them as they do, 
And help them raise me knowing 

I'm a precious trust from You. 
— Judith Dekker 

— selected by Rosanna Royer 



And Ye Fathers -L.C. Feb 

Alexander Mack's Groundsearching Questions Jan Feb 

Awake To Righteousness -Kevin Garber Sep/Oct 

Bearing Fruit -Patience -By Kenneth Martin Feb 

-Longsuffering Mar 

-Gentleness May 

-Goodness Jun 

-Faith " Jul 

-Meekness Aug 

-Temperance Sep/Oct 

-Fellowship Nov 

Belief In Jesus' Resurrection -L.C. Apr 

Believe God -L.C. Dec 

Bible Reading Schedule -L.C. Nov 

Christian Communication -Martha Cable Jan 

Conditional Blessings -James Beery Dec 

Excess Baggage -L.C. Aug 

Faithfulness -Love's Constancy -Betty Beery Sep/Oct 

Feet On Our Love -Elva Royer Jun 

Gentleness -Betty Beery Apr 

Holy Spirit Power In Our Time -L.C. May 

I Am The Door -Alvin Wray Jun 

Keep The Gate Shut -sel. by David Skiles 

from the Weekly Pilgrim May 

Learning: A Christian Privilege -L.C. " Sep/Oct 

Look Ye Saints! -Ron Cable Apr 

Maintenance And Repair -L.C. Jun 

Make It A Point -sel. from Timely Truth Jan 
Reading To Know God's Word -Fred Miller (reprint)Nov 

Suppose You Were Born Old -J Gipson Feb 

Thanksgiving For Godly Examples -L.C. Nov 

The Body -L.C. Jul 
The Duties Of Parents -from Home Duties 1896-1899 

-by R.T. Cross 
The Saviour: All We Need -L.C. 
Thoughts On The New Year -L.C. 
What Is Our Mission? -Ron Cable 

Jul Aug Nov Dec 



Aug Sep/Oct 

A Baby's Prayer -J. Dekker sel. by Rosanna Royer Dec 

A Gift For Lonely Man -Ted Morrow sel. Jul 

A Life Is Lived -James Beery Nov 

A Picture Of Jesus -Chester Budd sel. Mar 

Awake! -Miriam Sauder Aug 

Beatitudes For Elderly People -Betty Alltus Mar 
Encouragement -W. Cowper sel. by Rosanna Royer Feb 

Global Warming -Eddie Wagner Jan 

God Bless Thy Year -sel. Jan 

Have You Needs? -L.C. Mar 
Ho, Everyone That Is Thirsty -Lucy Rider sel. Jul 

If You Find Yourself -sel. Feb 

In Quiet And Meek Assurance -James Beery Jul 

Jesus 1 Birth -Joseph I. Cover Dec 

Jesus Is Dearer Than All -Geo Nennard sel. Sep/Oct 

Living Fire -Author Unknown May 

My God, I Thank Thee -Adelaide Proctor sel. Nov 

One Mother's Prayer -Eddie Wagner May 

Our Dear Grandmother -Miriam Beery Jul 
Our Springs Are All In Thee 

-sel. by Murray Brillinger Mar 

Our Thanks, God, For Fathers -Lois Johnson sel.Jun 

See The Saviour -Miriam Sauder Apr 

Shortness Of Time -sel. Nov 
Speak Gently 

-D. Bates from Poems For Memorization Feb 
The Difference -sel. by Melvin "& Marilyn Coning Jan 

The Old Tractor -L.C. Jun 

The Witness Of God -Ben Cover May 

Train Your Children -L.C. Feb 

Walking The Road: 1993 -L.C. Jan 


Meekness Misunderstood -John M. Drescher sel. Jan 

Little Things -L.C. Feb 

Excuses, Excuses -Everett Oyler Mar 

Lessons Worth Learning -Abe J. Unruh sel. Apr 

Peace -Liana Huffman May 

The Key To Hidden Treasure -Rhoda Coning Sep/Oct 

Sweet Smelling -Rhoda Cover Nov 


Perilous Times; Adopted Sons; Satan' Temptations; 
A Still Small Voice; Jan 

Salvation; Correction; Obedience; Mercy; 
A Lively Hope Feb 

Jesus Christ Crucified; Love Of The Truth; Power; 
Young Or Old Mar 

Examples For Us; Christian Schooling; Light Or Dark; 
Healing Power; The Breath Of Life Apr 

Chastisement; Christian Duty; Worship; Our Faith; 
Correction; Hope; Lessons Of Life May 

Faith; God's Restraint On Man; Jesus' Return Jun 
God Is Love Jul 

The Garden Of Eden Aug 

God's Plan Sep/Oct 

Prayer And Thanks; Benefits Nov 




-Peter Cover 




-Eddie Wagner 




-Peter Cover 




-Eddie Wagner 




-Ray Davis 




-Eddie Wagner 




-Peter Cover 




-Ray Davis 




-Peter Cover 




-Ray Davis 




-Peter Cover 



Jury Duty? -Joseph Wagner, -Everett Oyler, 

-Harold Royer Mar 

Jury Duty? -Aden Gingerich May 

Disaster Prayer Groups? -Arnold Bowser Jul 

Responsibility To Physically orSpiritually Poor 

People? -Arlan Wray Aug 


More Like Jesus -Everett Oyler Jan 

And I Shall be Innocent Feb 

Compassion Mar 

Dancing With The Cannibals " Apr 

Alone May 

Why Wait? " Jun 

A Sunbeam For Jesus Jul 

On The Sea Of Life " Aug 
Bloom Where You Are Planted -Nancy Oyler Sep/Oct 

Do You Love Me? -Elva Royer Nov 

Why Work? -Everett Oyler Dec 


Sarah Jo Ellen Cover 
Laurel Anne Wagner 
Betty Sue Garber 
Ryan Michael Cover 
Jason Eli Crawmer 
Konrad John Martin 
Julie Elizabeth Baker 
Holly Elyse Flora 
Deborah Rose Beery 
Amanda Joy Cover 
Judah Seth Royer 
Jeffrey Michael Brown 
Jennifer Grace Brown 

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Suzanne Flora Mar 14 Matthew Martin Jul 18 
Rhoda Coning Mar 14 Glen & Rachel Hoover Aug 8 
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Daniel R. Wagner and Donna Flory 
Edward Wagner and Deann Oyler 


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6. Sympathize with your children and teach them 
to confide in you. 

It is not necessary to be stern and always on 
your dignity in order to govern well. Get down to 
the level of the children. Recall your own child- 
hood, and live it over again in them. Their trials 
are as real and as great for them as yours are for 
you. Help them to bear those trials. When it 
becomes necessary to correct them, do it kindly, 
lovingly, tearfully, not in anger, and not in such 
a way as to provoke them to anger. 

Encourage them to confide in you, to tell you 
freely all their trials, to let you know what they 
are reading and what company they are keeping, to 
talk freely with you about their plans and hopes, 
and even tell you about the boyish and girlish 
loves they may have. Do not shut up their hearts 
from you by making such things a matter of laughter 
and sport. 

When the right time comes explain to them the 
relation of the sexes. Better that they should 
hear it from your lips in chaste language than that 
they learn it from the obscene book or the vulgar 

companion. Teach them to look forward to married 
life, and to keep themselves pure and good for the 
one who is waiting for them. 

Never scold your children, and if in word or act 
you do them wrong, do not fail to ask their forgive- 
ness. One of the best men I ever knew, who trained 
up a most excellent family of children, was 
accustomed to ask his children, with tears, to 
forgive him when he had in any way wronged them. 

Be patient with the children. They will cause 
you many trials, many steps, many weary hours, but 
be patient with theml There may come a time when 
the impatient, angry word, or the quick, stinging 
blow, will be recalled with bitter tears. 


"If we knew the little fingers 
Pressed against the window pane, 
Would be cold and stiff tomorrow, 
Never trouble us again, — 
Would the bright eyes of our darling 
Catch the frown upon our brow? 
Would the prints of rosy fingers 
Vex us then, as they do now? 

"Ah I those little ice cold fingers — 
How they point our memories back 
To the hasty words and actions 
Strewn along our backward track I 
How those little hands remind us, 
As in snowy grace they lie 
Not to scatter thorns, but roses, 
For our reaping by and by." 

7. Pray for your children. 

After you have done all you can, and the best 
you can, to give them a good physical a!nd mental 
and moral and religious training, and to make home 
a happy place for them, there still remains this 
thing to be done, to plead for God's blessing on 
your children, and for His blessing on your efforts 
for them. The danger of their making mistakes and 
going astray is so great, the temptations that 
surround and assail them are so many, and so 
strong, and so insinuating; the effects of what 
they are in childhood and of the purposes that they 
form then, reach out so far into eternity that they 
need to be all the time girded with the prayers of 
a praying father and a praying mother. 

Many of us looking calmly back upon the 
blessings of life, can lift up both hands and 
honestly say that of all those blessings we thank 
God the most for a praying father and a praying 

When I was fourteen years of age I went five 
hundred miles from home to attend school. The 
night before starting, after I had retired to my 


bed, I heard my mother steal noiselessly into the 
room. She knelt by my bed, supposing that I was 
asleep, and prayed for her boy, that God would 
watch over him and keep him from the evils that 
would beset his path. That prayer has followed me 
through all the years since then. It has been, and 
still is, one of the factors of my life. 

In your closets every day, pray for your 
children by name. Pray for them at the family 
altar. Take them with you sometimes to your place 
of secret prayer and pray with them and for them. 
Take them with you, too, to the house of God. 

Does it seem to you, parents, a difficult task 
to faithfully discharge all these duties to your 
children? If it does, let me, in closing, sketch 
two pictures for you to ponder on. 

One picture is that of an aged father and mother 
who have had many children. Instead of bringing 
them up in the nuture and fear of the Lord they 
allowed them to come up under the worst influences 
of the village in which they lived. Home was not 
made attractive; it was only the place where the 
children got their meals and slept. The boys 
learned to swear and fight and drink, and the girls 
were not such as you would want your girls to asso- 
ciate with. In one way and another the children 
disgraced themselves and their parents. None of 
them are ornaments to society. They do not rise up 
and call their parents blessed; they are not to 
them a support and joy in old age. No prayer was 
ever heard in that household; neither parents or 
children cared for the Sabbath, the Bible, or the 
house of God. 

Near them lived another family, poor, like the 
first, but unflinchingly honest. The children, a 
large family of them, were trained in the right 
way. Home was made attractive and happy. Love 
ruled the house. Peace prevailed, and joy was in 
every heart. God was feared; His Sabbath was 
remembered; His Word was studied. Confidence and 
sympathy prevailed between parents and children. 


The children all obtained a good education. They 
all engaged in useful occupations. Some of them 
rose to high positions of usefulness. They are 
ornaments to society, loved by all who know them. 
They rise up and call their parents blessed, and 
those parents, in their old age, lean upon those 
children with gladness and joy, repaid a thousand 
fold for the painstaking care, the unwearying 
fidelity, and the constant pray fulness with which 
they trained their children. They are blessed on 
earth, and in heaven will doubtless be a united 

These two sketches are being reproduced many 
times over on every side of us. Which one shall be 
hung on the chamber walls of your old age, and 
which one for you in the picture gallery of 
eternity? — by R.T.Cross from HOME DUTIES, 1896-1899 

Address Correction: Eddie and Deann Wagner 

1180 Matmor Rd. #246 
Woodland, CA. 95776 

ROYER — A son, Judah Seth, born November 5, to Sam 
and Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BROWN — Twins, a son, Jeffrey Michael, and a 
daughter, Jennifer Grace, born November 23, to Mark 
and Betsy Brown of Sonora, California. 


We are traveling through the Book of Acts. We 
have, covered thousands of miles mostly with Paul 
and his companions but also with Peter, Philip, 
Stephen, and the rest of the apostles as well. 

Here, we are with Paul and Luke (as the writer) 
sailing from Caesarea to the island the shipwreck 
was on. Later we read this island is Melita. He 
had appealed to Caesar and was heading to Rome. 

Along the way Paul had many experiences which 
could be paralleled in our Christian voyage. He 
was on board with 276 other people, the most of 


which were prisoners, Paul was respected by the 
centurion. He let Paul see his fellow Christians 
in Sidon even though he was a prisoner. In the 
forty-third verse we see the same centurion wanted 
to save Paul and kept the soldiers from killing the 

It was pointed out in the seventh and eighth 
verses how slow their progress was and how much 
work it involved to get to Fair Havens, How often 
our Christian life is the same. It seems we make 
little progress in such a long period of time. 

While in Fair Havens, Paul advised the captain 
to winter there, although it was not a very 
attractive place. But in spite of Paul's warning, 
they sailed on. Do we do that at times? This is a 

good example of taking advice from others. 

As they left Fair Havens "the south wind blew 
softly" (verse 13) and they were sure to make it. 
Overconf idence is a weakness that shows up here and 
a subject directly related to ignoring advice. 

As the "tempestuous wind," known as Euroclydon* 
whipped the sails off the ship, and the sailors 
tossed the tackling of the ship into the sea, we 
are once again vividly reminded: Do we need 
everything we have? Can we lighten our load on our 
voyage to Heaven? And as they cast the wheat into 
the sea (verse 38) : Are our earthly possessions 
keeping us down where shallow sandbars or reefs can 
stick us fast? 

As they neared the shore of an unknown island, 
they saw a creek that they hoped they could 
navigate to; but it was too shallow, and the boat 
ran aground and stuck fast. The hinder part of the 
ship was beaten to pieces by the waves. This old 
world is someday going to be like that ship. 

Over this whole chapter we can see that God is 
in control. He talked to Paul through an angel and 
He guided that ship to the island without the loss 
of one. He still is in control and always will be. 

— Peter Cover 
* Greek Translation — A storm from the east. 


Six-year-old Tommy just returned to the house 
from picking up stones. He was so tired he could 
hardly move. He asked , "Mother, why do I have to 
work so hard?" 

Mother set Tommy on her knee and asked, "How do 
you pick up stones? Do you use your mouth and body?" 

Tommy giggled and said , "No I I use my hands and 
arms . " 

"Who gave you your hands and arms?" Mother asked. 

"Jesus," Tommy said. "He gave me a strong body 
so I could help you and Daddy." 

"When you help your parents, you are also 
helping Jesus," Mother said. "Sometimes we sing, 

'Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.'" 

Tommy's eyes brightened. "I remember, Mother, 
because I like to sing that song." 

"Do you know what we do when we stand up for 
Jesus?" Mother asked. 

Tommy looked down for a minute, then said, "We 
do what Jesus wants us to." 

Mother hugged Tommy and said he was right. "In 
the river there are fish called sun fish. Before 
they lay their eggs, they pile up stones. This is 
so the baby fish can have a safe place to be. Fish 
have no arms, so they use their mouth and body. 
Tommy, how would you like to move stones like the 
sun fish do? We should be thankful Jesus gave us 
strong bodies." 

Tommy threw his arms around Mother's neck and 
said, "I am glad I have a strong body to help you, 

Daddy, and Jesus." — Everett Oyler 


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